We take a break now from our finger gazing to talk about Jorge Palacios, a sculptor in wood who is now being shown at the Noguchi Museum, a favorite spot of mine. I read about his big piece, Link, in the Flatiron Plaza, and went to see it.
When I got there on a beautiful day like the one in the images above, there was a man scrubbing the piece clean.
I talked to him a bit in halting English and my halting Spanish. He remarked that the piece gets lots of scuff marks from people’s shoes! I asked him if it is hollow, it is, and if I could bang on it, I did. When I got home, I did some reading about the artist and the exhibit at the Noguchi and it seemed to me that the guy looked a little like the artist, didn’t he? He was a lot more friendly than his picture makes him seem!
Yesterday, I went to the Noguchi to see the exhibit of his work, including this one:
Wandering about the exhibit, examining the installations and putting in more lights, was the same “workman” I’d seen cleaning the piece in Manhattan. It dawned on me that this unassuming man was the artist, and I had a pleasant chat with him – I reminded him of our previous encounter. An amusing bit of serendipity, and I had him sign a copy of a monograph that I bought in the museum shop. 🙂
When I was leaving the museum, I chatted with the admissions person about my encounters, and he chuckled: “Yes, he’s a very hands-on type of guy.”