Sculptor and video artist Jay Lagemann lives on Martha's Vineyard. He created the monumental sculpture "Swordfish Harpooner" located in Menemsha. Being a grandfather many of his sculptures are based on family themes. He shows at the Ganary Gallery, in West Tisbury, the Featherstone Arts Center and the Field Gallery. Jay's View is Shown on MVTV at 8pm on Wednesdays.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
It's good to visit old friends
John and I have been having fun together since high school. Just because we are now in our 70's is no reason we should stop.
I arrived at John's in my rental Hybrid. Not only did it get great mileage, but it was also the cheapest Hertz rental at LAX.
Years ago, rather than throw out some scrap pieces of steel from a project I welded them together into a bird and hung it up in my studio to get it out of the way. When John saw it he liked it so I gave it to him. Now he thinks it is my best piece of work. He certainly has given it a nice home.
You can't be in Venice Beach and not get out and take a stroll along the "Boardwalk" (or whatever it is called - it certainly doesn't have any boards.) But it does have a lot of people. John knows a lot of them including the man in the middle who's name I have forgotten.
Venice Beach also now has a lot of little electric scooters scattered around. John explained to me that they are rentals. You upload and use the "Bird" app on your smartphone to unlock one and you zip your way around town at speeds of up to 12mph. Naturally we had to try it. It took a little while to figure out how to use it, but soon we were on our way.
A little wobbly at first, but pretty soon we got the hang of it.
As the day comes to an end you naturally want to catch the sunset.
At night my bird is still flying and casting cool shadows.
Over a vegan Thai dinner with artist friend of John's who had gone to Ethical in grade school tried to solve questions about Life, the Universe and Everything.