Girlfriend in Tacoma

Mar. 9, 2008 at 6:45pm

when virtual worlds meet head to head

(feeding the ego of RR)

I'm a newbie to the world of blogging.  

And yet, I feel like this whole weirdly unnatural community of disembodied typeset voices is more real than most of the "real" interactions I have on a daily basis.  The Man is kind of on the "I've never blogged, never read blogs" side of a fence, so it's hard to explain to him how my world is influenced in a real way by the "unreal".

Today I was able to kind of meld the two worlds, finally introducing The Man to the fabulously fine women of the Council (and their men) and running into a blast from my past, The Ron and his KAke.  Throw these people in with a smattering of our progeny happily art-ing on the windowsill, and put us in a room to appreciate RR, and you've got the fixin's for a great afternoon.

Go ahead and love or hate RR for any of his online antics, but know this: the man is talented.  Really.  And he has, as I was trying to explain to someone last week, this "holistic" approach to art that seeks to engage thought in the purest sense of artist-ness, if only through dissent and crazy Doreen Deeble-ism. 

He combines a virtual world of websites, blogs and listserves with artistry in his vocation, web design. It's a logical sort of design process that uses a language of code and special effects that are a world away from pencil marks on paper, and yet he wields the former with an impressive skill, tongue placed firmly in cheek as he pokes fun at the minutiae of civil affairs locally. The work on display today showed that, and I'm pretty certain most who looked on were impressed.  Certainly the amount of "sold" -scratches on the wall attested to that.  AN impressive side note: the $10 sketches were originals.  No copies made, a fact that his mother in law lightly bemoaned. (that, dear art friends, is dirt-freakin'-cheap.)(and unheard of.)

Seeing him in his conductor hat, leather gloves, and Mork from Ork suspenders, you don't see a hipster heavily into himself.  Talking to him, you may feel a sense of nervousness that this guy is probably taking scrupulous mental notes to add to his somewhat crazed repertoire of images, and yet you'll never feel like he's some sort of ass-hole-ish villain whose sole intent is to make people feel and look like dumb-asses.  It seems to me, he's just making a (somewhat cynical) commentary on the world-- specifically Tacoma-- as he sees it.  And he wants us to think about what he's saying and respond to it.

I think I have a slightly different world-view of RR, simply because I knew him first as Mr Darcy, the web-guy husband of my daughter's teacher.  While The Kid is no longer her pupil, Ms Darcy is still amazing and sweet, and her sister, mother, father, and future brother-in-law present seemed like the kind of people (nice, indulgent towards The Kid) whose kin knows how to choose a mate, husband, and future-father-of-her-future-kid.

Add to my glowing respect of the RR clan, my props and appreciation toward K-Fray and Frinklin, whose kindness and coolness toward The Man did not go unnoticed: for once after an "arts" event, The Man actually seemed positive about the people he'd met, and interested in future interactions.  It's not like The Man is socially inept, he'd just prefer to be left on his own.  He's a classic introvert who chooses his social interactions wisely.

And, that he was so positive about this social outing, today, makes me think my own worlds (virtual, real, past and present) are melding together very nicely, indeed.

comments [7]  |  posted under Art, bloggers, RR Anderson, Tacoma


by jcbetty on 3/9/2008 @ 7:16pm
**note: his mother in law didn't bemoan that RR was selling the sketches so cheap, but that they were originals with no copies. Originals. Onlies. Sketches of note, to be gone from the artist's portfolio, buh-bye. (that's impressive, actually, and I think Mrs Ms Darcy has a fabulously maternal good-eye to note that!)**

(just wanted to clarify!)

by NineInchNachos on 3/9/2008 @ 7:33pm
So nice! Thanks for your support Jessica. It was a blast. Might need to sneak some text from your post to put on my testimonials page.

by jcbetty on 3/9/2008 @ 7:37pm
have at it!!

by Erik on 3/9/2008 @ 7:43pm
Great commentary on the event. Alot of close connections in Tacoma.

Although many of the sketches RR does have copies of and are still on Tacomic.

by ensie on 3/9/2008 @ 10:38pm
Was so much fun to see you today! And fun to met The Man finally! I knew your Canadian Girlfriend was real!

PS - I have your tupperware.

by KevinFreitas on 3/10/2008 @ 7:48am
Likewise, great to see you and meet him. We'll definitely have to hit up the Red Hot for a hot dog and beer some night before a Council meeting.

by izenmania on 3/10/2008 @ 8:51am
I continue to find all this talk of fictional Canadian girlfriends highly amusing...


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