Everyone has been affected by Coronavirus by now. One of the galleries I exhibit at has postponed its new exhibit and closed for two weeks, and a second, while its new exhibit opened, cancelled the opening reception. I assume the gallery itself remains open – you know what happens when you assume. A third gallery is about to host its big annual judged show – I’m holding my breath to see how that comes down. A concert I have tickets for has been cancelled and the venue closed for two months – not weeks, months (which is actually what the Center for Disease Control would like everything and everybody to do). My son works a couple restaurant jobs – also waiting to see what comes down with that. At least a couple trips to the ballpark have been postponed indefinitely, and every sporting event I follow on video has shut down.
And the thing is, I’m a big fat introvert! I don’t go out that much anyway. Think how the social butterflies are feeling.
As I wrote this, an alert popped up that the stock market is once again suspending trade. That, to me, just underscores how unsuited our societal institutions in general are for a pandemic like this. So much of our civilization is based on uninterrupted individual production. One person goes down with the flu at work and everybody’s work plans are thrown off for a couple days. We have few institutional provisions for people not being productive for longer than a couple days. People are encouraged NOT to get sick; functionally, it results in people PRETENDING they’re not sick.
And now, to stop this, we’re assuming that everyone is pretending.
Stop almost everything to combat Coronavirus, and our social and economic institutions that count on nothing stopping are going ape shit.
And, folks, it’s just starting
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I want to say I’m quite proud of this work. It went exactly the way I envisioned, from the capture onward. That it went that way suggests I’m getting a slightly better handle on the many new tools and techniques I’ve been exploring. Which is not to say getting there did not produce its variations …
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.