When I was in high school my world revolved around my friends and art. Outside my circle of friends the school revolved around football. It swirled around me non-stop in a blur of shoulder pads and cheerleaders and pep rallies. At that time, at that school, if you weren't involved in football you were a nobody, you didn't count. That was the attitude at all levels. Us artsy types were just background noise - not even that really, we just existed. We didn't show up on any one's radar unless, of course, someone needed a poster or banner painted for a sporting event. There was "us" and there was "them". I still see some of that separation between the art world and the sports world even 30+ years later. Some of that separation comes from me and my own attitudes, a self imposed distance coming from lack of interest in sports but also, maybe there's a residue of resentment left behind from the old days. Everyone has their own interests and there's nothing wrong with that, that's a great thing. Sometimes we need to get out of our own areas though and explore what other people find interesting. We might find some really interesting people. And yes, I have watched a game or two and enjoyed it - who'd a thought!
So.... what brought all these thoughts back to the foreground for me was this article that I came across on Artcyclopedia
The new Dallas Cowboys stadium is not just a stadium, it's an art gallery featuring the work of 14 living artists. These are site-specific commissioned pieces of abstract art! Hurray!
"And why shouldn't a stadium have art? Sporting venues in the ancient world had it, impressive and brilliantly colored. Besides, football and Texas go together; Texas and money go together; money and art go together. Voilà: Football and art go together." -Willard Spiegelman
"Football and art go together"..... I like that. Now can we substitute "Texas" with "Florida"?
Have a good weekend ya'll and peace,