Fab Weekend!

This past weekend one of my best friends-Travis from Windsor-was visiting. I took Thursday and Friday off to make it a long weekend. I met Travis in university and he is one of the most charismatic, funny and up-beat people I know, so it was a real treat having him come and visit, since it happens far too infrequently. After being delayed in Toronto due to that incredible waste of time and money known as the “G20 Summit”, he arrived Thursday at 8:30pm.

The next day, we went to the “Pop art exhibit” at the National Gallery. Here is the interior walk up to the exhibit spaces:

The pop exhibit began with a look at Andy Warhol and his multimedia approach to art and intense dedication to celebrity social climbing.

Next up was works by Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Keith Haring, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Martin Kippenberger and other contemporary artists.

There were some really cool sculptures, like this one:

and this one, where the artist pokes fun at art critics and the whole industry:

There is a very sexual part of the exhibit with graphic photos, sculptures and newspaper clipings.  The above mentioned artist, Jeff Koons, created a series of works called “Made in Heaven” and wow! Naughty stuff! In one room, he enlarged photos of his porn star wife and him servicing each other orally. Travis is gay and was a little taken aback by all the female…parts. LOL. I’m no prude, but it is graphic. Another “artist” filmed herself having sex with a guy she paid for the experience. Yeah, that’s not art, that’s prostitution and porn, honey. (If it was art, then every hooker and porn actor and director would be “artistes” and be in galleries as well) We didn’t see the video, just photos of video clips. When I read about it on the wall though, I thought it was stupid. Thankfully the other sex stuff was more interesting.

Anyways, after the gallery we went shopping along the mess that is currently Sussex street under construction and I bought Hubby a Netherlands orange jersey underwear. (He really wanted a shirt but they are sold out everywhere, so I thought this was a good alternative. ;))

We then went to the small gay village along Bank street (I call it “The Gayborhood”)before driving back to my place to watch some movies. Saturday involved more shopping and gabbing. Travis also got fairly regular texts from his boyfriend, the first of which was a definite cause for concern.

The text from his boyfriend went like this: “Babe, our lawn is on fire! How do you work the fire extinguisher?!”

Apparently some a-hole set their garbage can on fire. Dickheads. Thankfully though, the fire died out before consuming their house. After that, Travis checked his phone much more often.

The rest of the weekend ran by fast and we had fun driving around the suburbs, Travis blasting ABBA and Madonna. The nearby suburbanites must have thought the Pride Parade came early, LOL. I took him out to bubble tea and sushi, which he loved since it’s hard to come by in a one-note town like Windsor.

Sunday we exchanged goodbyes and hugs. I miss him already!

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15 thoughts on “Fab Weekend!

  1. mindfulmerchant

    I didn’t know Ottawa had a “gaybourhood”! Where is it on Bank? Toronto has a wonderful gay village…I missed that moving here. So fun! I liked your pop exhibit review. Now I have a better idea of what I’m in for when my friend comes to visit.

  2. XUP

    I’m excited for the pop exhibit. This sort of stuff is interesting to look at, but I think we should find a different definition for it than “art”. Even Warhol, while technically skilled, I’m not sure I would consider an artist per se. Work that’s created to insult, mock, shock or con and audience shouldn’t be called art. Work that requires a book of narrative in order to “fully appreciate it” shouldn’t be called art. Art should tell a story or express a feeling, mood or idea.

  3. Pauline Post author

    Mindfulmerchant-Unfortunately Ottawa’s “gay village” pales in comparison’s to Toronto’s (It’s not even called the “gay village” because of certain uptight and homophobic store owners in the area) But the area is on Bank, between Nepean and James street. As for BOLO, I’m going to read about that dismal art class I went to awhile ago.
    Lacochran-Provocative yes, all out porn, no. LOL
    XUP-I agree to some extent. I think that all of the artists featured in this exhibit did work hard and should be called artists EXCEPT for that woman. To me, art involves expertise or at least some degree of skill with handling a certain medium-be it paint, sculpture or photography. Lying on your back and being penetrated doesn’t make you an artist.
    Kate-Me too, although he may have to water it a bit more when he gets home. LOL
    Tobeme-Definitely! The store for the man who likes to have his ego stroked!

  4. Pauline Post author

    Betty-Awww, thank you. That is so nice! I’m kind of insecure about my writing since its usually a bit rushed, but I am happy that my photos turned out as well as they did.

  5. Marie

    So good to have a friend visit and spend some time with them!

    I agree with you, the sex video is just that, a sex video. Not sure how that would translate into art. Or maybe I’m too old fashioned and like Monet’s and Degas’ paintings a lot more?

    Also, a bit late but congrats to your hubby on the degree!!

  6. Pauline Post author

    Marie-I don’t think that makes you old fashioned, I think it just means you actually know art when you see it and aren’t easily bullshitted. (like me!)

    Thanks for the congrats!:)

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