Monday, 28 May 2012

I still won't play drawsomething with him

 Leonard Cohen's art was on display in Toronto at BCE place until last weekend. I love BCE's commitment to art in public spaces. I often daydream about getting a job as a curator for that space (ANYONE?). They do some wicked private and public partnerships that have made my lunch hour very interesting. 

 The pen and ink sketches are sweet and almost beautifully simple. Certainly Cohen would kick my ass in Drawsomething. But if I'm being honest, it was the name of the artist that made me stop. And that made me wonder – why do I care about art by a famous singer. I certainly don’t think i would be as quick to listen to a new song by Hirst (Bansky maybe).  
Is it because we hope to glean a little insight into the mind of Cohen?  Do we hope to see behind the curtain?  

I'm not saying that I don't think you can't be good at more than one thing. But i do think you can only be great at one thing. I think we all learned a lesson when Michael Jordan tried to play baseball.  I simply wonder why we are fascinated by the output of celebrities- no matter what it is.

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