After the sweet lecture from Liz Lomax, myself and the rest of the Solomon staff met up with artists Gregory Manchess and Stephen Johnson at a nearby eatery called Circus. We discussed how terrifying clowns were over some wine at the bar. Mid-conversation we realized the restaurant was adorned with several dozen farmed paintings of clowns. The night was suddenly a tad more terrifying. Luckily, Stephen Johnson educated us on some current fine art trends, including "self-lubricating frames" developed by Matthew Barney. The concept of self-lubrication brightened everyone's spirits (even under the sinister glare of eleventy clowns).
While waiting for a table, I noticed several middle aged ladies looking at me and gesturing. Ok, pointing. Ok, they were what is more commonly known as cougars. Being the gentleman I am, I attempted to completely ignore them and continue our very adult discussion on the topic of self-lubrication. Before I knew it, one of these cougars was at my side.
C: Hi, here is an orange, compliments of my friend at the end of the bar. (points)
...Somewhere on the Upper East Side, it's en vogue to send citrus to people at a bar. You know, because a drink is so old hat. Feeling on the spot, I carved a smiley face into the orange, placed it on a wine glass, pointed it at the ladies and continued my conversation.
We sat down and were joined by Irene Gallo of Tor Books. We had a great conversation about sci-fi art, her blog, and new talent. This particular night she was telling us about a very talented young artist, Wesley Allsbrook (beautiful work, Wesley!). We also passed around a prepress copy of Stephen's new book, A Is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet, guaranteed to be a prize to every over-achieving second-grader. I'm certain several other very important industry issues were discussed intelligently. However, I was introduced to a delicious beverage called a caipirinha that obscured the latter part of the night. Somewhere in there we signed a lease (yes, at midnight in a restaurant) for our new office on 32nd and Madison Ave.
Great seeing you, Stephen.