Sunday, February 2, 2014

"Sampling Sake in Room-2268"

Room-2268 has proven to be one of the most variable rooms, as in variability of experiences and exhibitions.  It comes with its own set of artists, as many of the galleries do, and the gallery owner seems to be well-networked, which is also not unusual, but within gallery artist networking, it seems the connections reach a little further than the other gallery owners I know.  So it's a bit hard to categorize, but here's one not untypical experience.

I walk into the gallery and see that it's a ceramics exhibition.  After looking around a little, the artist invites me to sit down and try some sake in one of his handmade (by him) sake cups, which I do, and before you know it, he's got me comparing the different taste of the same type of sake (from the same bottle) via differently shaped sake cups.  Either the shape of the cups really does have an effect (different degree of surface area interacting with the air?) and/or the artist's power of suggestion was strong, but in an A-B-A-B-A-B comparison (cone cup in each hand), there really did seem to be a difference.  Result?  I ended up buying one, and the artist gave me a differently-shaped one for free, saying the exhibition was almost over, so he wouldn't be needing the box of sample cups any longer.