Entry: Blessed be the Irrational! (excitement about a lecture by Dan Ariely at RIT 9.29.10) Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ah yes! Chaos!
I'm still working on that...but before I clean it all up, I might as well pull out and appreciate a little of the irrational, the ridiculous, and the illogical. I used to draw from that place; observed form mixed with a lot of distortions and diversions. As in this old sketch from a very old sketchbook (I'm thinking 1991 or 2)...




I'm thinking of the irrational because Dan Ariely is coming to Rochester tomorrow as part of the Carolyn Werner Gannett lecture series at Rochester Institute of Technology. I love these lectures because basically I can count on a fascinating hour, someone to listen to and draw, and at least a few ideas that stick to my ribs...

Here's the little bit I know about Ariely...
  • He has clearly learned from his pain...an amazing essay somewhere between research and life is here. I think every doctor and almost doctor oughtta read that.
  • He believes we're all predictably irrational and makes a strong argument for our behavior...

    And when I think of when I think of the irrational in art I can't help but think of Good old Pere Ubu and the absurd theatre of Alfred Jarry. Some someone on the youtube recently updated Jarry with Sarah and Larry. No shitski!

    When I was about 16, I impulsively painted a small box with California Sunshine nail polish using the most random text I could think of. A plaintive plea as you can see.


    I'm still learning my logic. But not always so inclined to use it...I'll bring my sketchbook if I make it to the Ariely lecture domani...

    take care,
    Rachael

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