Archive for January, 2010

Art: damaged, destroyed, demolished

January 30, 2010

The Thinker (Damaged in Cleveland)

In March of 1970, someone blew up this sculpture of Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker in Cleveland Ohio!   Some say it was the weather underground.

Sometimes artists destroy their own work, visitors trip and fall into paintings etc. etc.  Is this all part of the “battle against art?”

These links contain examples of the various ways in which art can be destroyed or damaged:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/nyregion/27about.html?ref=design

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/238212

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2008/01/31/2003399700

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1956922_1956921,00.html

Sometimes vandalism can be or become art (aka not all graffiti is ugly):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandalism#Vandalism_as_art

Or “one person’s art can be another person’s vandalism or destruction.”

(This Post is the first in a series of three.)

The Century Kicks In!

January 23, 2010

 

Hello, yes Happy New Years and best for 2010. 

I was sick at the start of the year and have been very busy but I’m back at the blogs again.  I did posts for all four blogs recently (others music, cinema and adventurous resources. 

This is some old texts and a few quotations.  Maurice 

August 20, 1989 NYC (Times Square area): 

Blurryface: all the righteous and true sadness and anger in this world are part of what I connect with (or “tune into”).  It is a part of this life, as much as anything else is.  The exploited, injured, defiant, fiercely alive people are ones I love.  (thus it comes full circle).  For me, all my anger and sadness are the children of my love.  The other child of love is joy or connection.  For most, joy in love comes with being with others, while anger and sadness come from “divorces.”  Humanity is not made for joy ….yet it is made to be together

Love (yields) anger and sadness yet….especially joy.  From anger and sadness come awareness and direction.  Joy helps to counteract the bad side-effects…. 

2010, today: How much does the artist need to be in touch with the “down side” of life?  We can scarcely avoid it.  We’re swamped by all the terrible headlines of the daily news.  We look back to the blood-filled 20th Century.  So far, the 21st doesn’t seem to be much better.  We often try to be aware (and beware) yet still stay true. 

Part of my stance (as an artist) is to not give in to despair.  I struggle to maintain a sense of perversely defiant optimism.  (HAHAHA!) 

10 years ago!

“The cost of youth is death.  The cost of love is independence.”  Orson Welles 

“Still one obvious question comes to mind.  Why is it taken for granted that to oppose racism and sexism, and to call for respect for other cultures, is a leftist position–hence by implication, one that decent folk must abjure?  The tacit assumption is not addressed.  It’s implications are not without interest.”  Noam Chomsky letter; November 1991 

“We cannot love that which we do not know.”  Guinean Proverb 

“He who would do good must do it in minute particulars.”  William Blake 

“I am a merciless realist.  My name is not defeatist.” Linton Kwesi Johnson 

“If you can do it you can do anything.”  Orson Welles 

 

That story about the man wrapped in video tape, falling at my feet is true!  Symbolic of media overload??