Friday, July 22, 2011

Things I Learned on My Trip to Charlotte

Patrica Williams Lessane and I went on an overnight trip to Charlotte to the Harvey Gantt Center to see Marcia Jones talk about her pieces in the Live and In Stereo(type) exhibit.  One of her images is below. I don't know if you can tell, but that's Michelle Obama's face on those million dollar bills.

Art by Marcia Jones

In any case, here's what I learned:
  • Hardee's has a fried bologna breakfast biscuit.  I didn't have one.  I'm kind of amazed that it exists at all.
  • Charlotte is a big city, with skyscrapers and everything. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I had the same reaction when I went to Cincinatti in March.  Clearly I need study up on my U.S. geography.
  • While I love being in a hotel so I can sleep in a bed without my children and my children's stuff, I still find it incredibly disorienting to wake up somewhere other than my own home.
  • You should definitely avoid hotels with a B rating.  I swear they were shooting porn in the hotel where we stayed.
  • And, finally, the other artist in the exhibit was Fahamu Pecou.  One of his images is below (it's called "Warn A Brother").  He wasn't at the talk, but I'm dying to meet him.  He may be my soulmate.  (Don't tell Brian.)
"WAB2" by Fahamu Pecou


Anonymous said...

I just found your blog yesterday after reading an article about Isaiah Bradley and Steve Rogers (Yes I refer to all comic book characters by their names!) and saw that you were quoted. Good to see folks from CofC making a splash.

Charlotte is a nice town. Traffic can get nuts but there's a ton to do. I really need that t-shirt in the last picture.

Keith "Wu" Young
Charleston, SC

Conseula said...

Hi Keith--Welcome to blog!