The appointment at Harley Street clinic in London was a bit pointless, as the doctor didn’t tell us anything that we already knew (we being me and my mother). Spent an hour there discussing possible solutions to my problem. Came to a conclusion that I should get treated by Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). Sounds funny...
I have lived in the UK for over 10 years now, and I must confess that I’ve never been to London for pleasure. I never went sightseeing. It’s always business. Never fun. Well, I broke the pattern today. I went to Tate. Wonderful! I actually went somewhere for fun. Went there by tube. About three stops. I managed to fall when the train accelerated. Face down. Tired and sleepy.
Tate Britain. Not the right Tate. I wanted to go to Tate Modern, the fourth most visited art gallery in the world. Oh well, my mother liked it; there were paintings by Gainsborough, whom my mother appreciates a lot. Listened to a young, plump guide, who was describing one of the paintings in the gallery, the history of it and the meaning behind the composition. Unfortunately, I forgot most of what she said, but my visual memory is very good, and I can still vividly imagine the painting in my head. She later said that there is a Tate-to-Tate cruise, which travels through Thames from one Tate gallery to the other. Very practical.
Tate Modern was a big surprise. After studying old paintings for an ≈hour, modern art struck me with its uniqueness and peculiarity. Each and every painting wholly different from each other. Very inspirational. Most of the art is very disturbing and intriguing, making you think and wonder. Saw Kandinsky’s originals, whom I like the most out of all the modern artists. I came to a conclusion that most of the so-called ‘modern art’ should not be taken seriously. In fact, never take it seriously, as the background behind most paintings state something along the lines “the painting was done by a student who was experimenting with this and that". I don’t take it as art. Apart from Kandinsky and der Leck, everything else looks like failed projects of A-level art students. I guess the only thing that makes most of these paintings is the price. A high price. Malevich’s Suprematist Composition cost just over $60 million.
Tate launched a new project a few days ago, inspiring people to draw by installing a set of big graphics pads in front of a huge display, which displays your art once you’ve completed your drawing using the tablets. I spent a whole hour there, doodling and making sketches. Time really does fly when you draw, or rather, when you do something that you love. I can’t believe it, but there was a big crowd of people watching how I draw behind my back, murmuring compliments and making remarks. Judging by their accent, most of them were Americans. During that time, a girl in her twenties came up to me, asking if she could take a picture of my doodles with her phone. Sure, I said. Then an old lady started a conversation with me by saying that I’m really good at art. She then went on to say that when she was sixteen, she started collecting art and now has a house full of paintings. Asked me my name and said that she will look me up on the Internet. Good thing that I’ve done some SEO for my search query beforehand.
What a day.
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