A New Gallery Exhibition – and some amusing things

Preparing for a new photography gallery exhibition is always both rewarding and an incredible amount of work. About a month in this case. Earlier this evening I finished hanging 20 new pieces at a new downtown Chicago gallery. It’s a beautiful space in Streeterville called The Colonie which also happens to be a new film and television editing house.

The exhibtion is a new collection of my naked photography that is coinciding with The Colonie’s grand opening. The photographs span my work from 2000 to this year and I’m really happy with how everything turned out.

I’ll let you know here when anyone who is interested can come and view the new gallery. It’s a beautiful space and I’m happy to be a part of it.

I took this photograph minutes after I finished hanging the new work with my iPhone in Camera Bag’s Holga mode, which is an interesting use of new and old technology.

And now… some amusing things that are on my mind tonight….

I find it funny that the local Dominick’s Foods down the street from The Colonie seems to have become a hangout for the kids after hours. There’s a Starbucks inside and after it closes, but before Dominick’s closes at 1am, the kids have been taking over the sofas and tables there. Playing cards, lounging, texting each other. It looks like a college student union… except that it’s in a Dominick’s.

Moving on, I continue to raise my eyebrows at pharmaceutical commercials these days. The funniest one now, and not on purpose, is for Chantix, a pill to help people to quit smoking. As with all these commercials, everything seems on the up and up until they get to the health warnings. At one point the announcer says, “if you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, stop taking Chantix and call your doctor right away.”

And if that wasn’t enough to make you want to try this new wonder drug, the announcer continues, “…you may experience vivid, unusual, or strange dreams.” Yeah, sounds like a great way to spend the night.

I’m not sure if the Chantix spots are annoying enough to knock the silly dual bathtub Cialis out of my number one position for most annoying commercial, but it’s close.

In other amusing news, I find it fascinating that I’m agreeing with the Republicans on the whole automotive industry bailout idea. I think it’s a bad plan. I know millions of jobs are at stake, but this is a situation that could have been avoided.

Quoting Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama in the New York Times, “The financial straits that the Big Three find themselves in is not the product of our current economic downturn, but instead is the legacy of the uncompetitive structure of its manufacturing and labor force,” Mr. Shelby said in a statement. “The financial situation facing the Big Three is not a national problem but their problem.”

Yep. He’s right. Detroit made their bed in the last decade cranking out gas guzzling SUVs, while the rest of the world started making hybrids and electric cars. Detroit is 10 years behind now, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

On a lighter note, I couldn’t be happier that new episodes of 30 Rock are back on. It’s a damn funny show. And I find myself watching The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson a lot these days as well. I think he’s better than any of the other late night shows.

Oh, and retailers need to put the lid back on the Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Seriously. I remember walking into a Victoria’s Secret a couple of years ago around Halloween and they were playing “The Victoria’s Secret Christmas” CD already.

I asked the checkout girl if they had to listen to that all day. She grimaced and nodded.

“Wow,” I said.

“Yeah,” she responded, “You have no idea.”

It’s enough to make you want to slap an angel.

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