Back in the summer of 2010, Ridley Scott dominated YouTube in an attempt to mobilize users worldwide to document a day in their lives. The project, shockingly, was called Life in a Day. Instead of doing the American thang – confessing my fragile mental status into a webcam – I decided to called up my Russian Orthodox buddy, Simeon Larivonovoff, to talk about his icon paintings. It was a strange day-in-the-life indeed.
Simeon’s got an old school devotion to asceticism, prayer, and painting. I interviewed him on a Saturday afternoon as he rushed about, winding clocks and lighting kerosene lamps, pre-gaming for Sunday, his day of rest. In the video, he explains his work, which has been in his family for over six centuries, and his tensions with the modern world.
Simeon can also be found frequenting the Bloomfield Sandwich Shop, a joint with 70’s decor, that is a brunch and late-night hotspot for the young, the hip, and the anarchic. Simeon’s an enigma, oh yes.
The short documentary was a finalist in Life in a Day, but ultimately lost to videos of women giving birth, I think (it was good). Thanks to The Temporary Art Review (via the 2013 Carnegie International Blog), the video has been revived in their October issue covering the Pittsburgh arts scene.
The issue provides a great alternative view of why you should vacation in this ol’ steel town. We’ve got new things too. Like a new media & music festival called VIA that’s like SXSW’s eccentric cousin. Peruse the whole issue and learn more about Pittsburgh, why don’t ya?