Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending an art opening here in Kansas City. One of the artists, Mike Sleadd, was my design professor at Columbia College.
There were three other artists, none of whose art I enjoyed more thoroughly than Mike's. The photo here doesn't begin to do the collection justice. They're whimsical and dark, joyful and brooding, and wonderful to get up close to and marvel at the detail.
According to Mike, the image here, called Puente, is a person spanning a chasm. But instead of a chasm, I saw a person lounging on a solid white object, with the darkness receding into the background; I saw a relaxed pose, not one of tension. (Had I been more flush with cash, this would have been MINE!!) I wonder what an interpretation is of the difference in what I saw, versus what the artist intended?
If you're in the area within the next month or so, I recommend you see the show; it's open through January 11. Mike's work is in the subterranean gallery (I don't think it's called that, but it should be).
Thanks for reading,
p.s. How pleasant it is to recognize and appreciate talent and skill in others. Fresh input can spark your own creativity in ways you might never know.
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