I have played hockey for the better part of my life, and I have know success and failure, but never have I had the chance to play in front of a large roaring crowd. If only these happened more often. Good work Budweiser!

This piece is set to premier before this Sunday’s super bowl matchup between the Patriots and Giants. Special thanks to my brother for showing me this awesome video

and for those of you looking to place a few pennies on the game but can’t decide who to put your money on, maybe Teddy can help ..

-mjl

Often times I find myself pondering things. Now there really is no pattern to what I ponder, or for how long, but the fact is that I ponder at times. One specific occasion was last June. I found myself neck deep in a discussion of fine art. Suffice to say, I know nothing of any importance about anything regarding fine art, but for the sake of a conversation that even mildly crossed into the realm of intellectuality, I played along. My counterpart, being an art education major, was fairly docile in his discourse about his personal favorites, which in turn led me to believe he wasn’t buying any of the crap I was selling. Long story short, this got me thinking. Lo and behold, 7 months later I found myself visiting the Art Institute in Chicago, an institution whose doorway I had not darkened for the better part of 7 years.

This is my experience..

“candy in corner”

“Beautifully done, awe inspiring, and fulfilling. Everything a man could want from art, a true look into the weakness and struggle of man.” – me

My first impression, “what the hell is that?” Yes, it is indeed a pile of candy in a corner, and yes one can delve into the pile and partake of the art. The display itself is around 180 lbs of individually wrapped hard candies. Here’s a tidbit on the artists idea –

‎”Felix Gonzalez-Torres produced work of uncompromising beauty and simplicity, transforming the everyday into profound meditations on love and loss. “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) is an allegorical representation of the artist’s partner, Ross Laycock, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991. The installation is comprised of 175 pounds of candy, corresponding to Ross’s ideal body weight. Viewers are encouraged to take a piece of candy, and the diminishing amount parallels Ross’s weight loss and suffering prior to his death. Gonzalez-Torres stipulated that the pile should be continuously replenished, thus metaphorically granting perpetual life.”

Heartwarming, I know. I did feel significant remorse after spending around 15 minutes insulting the display, but AIDs or not, there is no excuse for making every piece pineapple flavored.

“Stick in corner”

I’m sorry, but I have no words for this.

“box on sticks with wheel”

I still don’t really recall what the explanation was for this piece, but it is safe to say, a bird could live quite comfortably in that box. It’s painfully obvious to me that both my brother and friend Sam did on the other hand, understand the point, or so their expressions would suggest.

“pile of gray paper on floor”

I don’t have a photo of this piece (a grave mistake), but this was truly my favorite piece of art from that day. What the display consisted of was a quite superfluous stack of large gray rectangles of paper. That’s all. Stacked about 2 feet up from the floor, they just sat there. That wasn’t enough for me though. No sir. Upon further investigation I found the artist had intended for the viewer (momentary artist) to become part of the display by taking a piece of paper and keeping it. Maybe they could draw on it, use it as a placemat, fold it into a paper airplane, burn it, cut people with it, wrap a sandwich, the possibilities abound (interesting concept actually). Mind = blown. What did we choose to do with the paper you ask?

I give you “Iraq War”

We made hats, and beautiful art to boot.

-mjl

Welcome to my new blog featuring the always pithy and valuable opinions of yours truly, Matthias Lind. Many of these thoughts, ideas, comments, and worthless drabble flowing into your browser are things that have come to me whilst stackside* all over our beautiful nation (though many of my views do not depict the most visually pleasing scenery). More to come soon, and as always, I will do my best to not only entertain, but also excite, enthrall, and entice thought from my readers. Stay tuned!

-mjl

*for those of you new to the Matthias Lind tale, my current job has me traveling the country testing emissions at industrial facilities (i.e. powerplants & steel mills) for an environmental engineering company. In the briefest of terms, we scurry up smokestacks to sample the emissions and test for for a whole menagerie of chemical concoctions. Thus, stackside.