Steven Soderbergh is a really good director! He has made a bunch of really small and interesting independent movies, like Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Schizopolis, and Bubble. But then when he makes a big studio movie it’s always bright and fun, but still somehow more clever and cool than those movies are ever expected to be (Out of Sight, the Ocean’s movies). He’s great! So it is too bad that he told the New York Times he’s not actually going to be making movies anymore:
Mr. Soderbergh was speaking last month in his office space-cum-painting studio in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, where, having announced his imminent retirement from directing, he will soon be spending a lot more time. Propped against the walls are some of his recent pieces: a pair of striped canvases in red and gray hues and a portrait of the abstract painter Agnes Martin. Mr. Soderbergh, 48, sounded matter-of-fact about the career change. “I’m interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so,” he said. “I’ll be the first person to say if I can’t be any good at it and run out of money I’ll be back making another ‘Ocean’s’ movie.”
See?! He even approaches a casual discussion of his artistic ambitions with that same wry, winking attitude that has made the Ocean’s franchise so successful. Obviously, as huge supporters of the ARTS and of the FOLLOWING ONE’S DREAMS, we can only standby and cheer Mr. Soderbergh on in this latest creative endeavor. It’s always hard to leave behind the comfort and security of something familiar for the cold wastes of (painting?) the unknown. Good luck, Steven! That being said, have you seen some of this guy’s work?
THE PAINTINGS OF STEVEN SODERBERGH:
GOTCHA! Did you really think those were Steven Soderbergh’s paintings? Children made those! Oh man, haha. I fooled you good! Best of luck with your paintings, Steven Soderbergh! If you get bored, please make another movie, thanks.