These are the first two pieces in the series, “Athletic Socks”.
Socks, an integral contributor to practically every spectacular jump, catch and run (except in the barefoot sports!) are overlooked and taken-for-granted; touting instead, the “perfect” athletic shoe.
Well, with light-stepping humor, they take center court (and field) and jump with all they got, in CityFolk’s “Leap” exhibit.
— In Honor of March Madness, I present, “Sock Madness”.
Rabbits and roosters are magical animals of my inspiration. Hares are quick-witted, clever, and fast. Designed for speed and beauty. From the March Hare to the Tortoise and the Hare I’ll always root for the for the rabbit.
“In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game”. – Anita Brookner
David Silvah, famous for his painted depictions of Don Quixote, goes off the grid to bring his Friend and sidekick, Sancho Panza to “ Leap”. In Silvah’s representation of Leap- an example of Leap of Faith- he immediately calls to mind the unbreakable faith Panza had in Quixote and the adventures that ensued. The painting depicts Sancho, head tilted to the sky, as Quixote towered over him, but also for the universal sign of Faith.
—Sancho Panza had an awestruck love for Don Quixote and a boundless faith that his quest would lead them to wealth and good fortune. Despite the constant disappointment, Panza continued to take those small leaps of faith and follow his Hero.
Hope, appropriately titled for “Leap”, is the actual name of the little girl in the painting. Hope begs the viewer to learn where she is going and what she is looking toward- in this case a Wedding, that true ‘leap’ of entering into marriage. James focuses not on the couple, however, but on Hope and the small ‘leaps’, she takes as she prepares for the ritual of the Ceremony.
—The shrills are loud and quiet at the same time. The girls prepare, with dresses, hair ribbon and flowers, and fancy new shoes. This is Hope’s first wedding- well actually being in a wedding- and she is a bit nervous. She gives her dress the last stroke and twirls the belt through her fingers beginning to shift from foot to foot as she’s told to be still…
Trying to convey the very crazy world we live in leaping away from it all.
LEAP – A GROUP EXHIBIT
“Jackalopes, like most lopes, have a tendency to leap first and look second. Given that they also have antlers, like most jacks, this can lead to unfortunate interactions in settings where dangling lines of one material or another are common. Laundry lines, for example, are quite possibly its fiercest nemesis next to weaving looms…or exceedingly tatty sweaters.” – Anonymous Jackalope Expert
“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.”
– Kobi Yamada