It was lovely talking with Marcia and her friend who wished to be known only as "Mystery Man". He seemed to be a collector of stories and vividly told us of an Irish woman he briefly knew over fifty years ago, described by Marcia as the 'love of his life'. Marcia didn't see the point of Takahashi's show. "I don't get it, it's not art, it's not beautiful, just a pile of rubbish. I've got that kind of stuff in my shed and people say to me 'why do you keep that — all those coat hangers you don't need?' " Mystery Man felt it needed a second look, that the work might be appreciated for its abstract qualities and we talked for a while about the eggcups. Suddenly, Marcia suggested she could make an installation with old 'useless' objects from her grandfather, father, etc and that would have meaning. "There you go!" her anonymous friend said.
Many thanks to Smalls - Murray for sharing The Pocillum, Judith Adler for the photo and everyone who took time to talk.