Today beginning a series of three posts in which the works exhibited are unquestionably experiments. I wanted to use the same setting as my most recent posts (a large shopping center) to play with the human form more radically – how far can I take it? How far will the medium of a photographic capture LET me take it? And having taken it, where is the boundary between creating art and creating a hopeless blob? The only way to find out is through experimentation.
Having committed to this course I’m also committing to exhibiting works that may/will not be my best work. But then, how would I know? More than a few times I’ve posted work I thought was not that great, only to find out later it was actually received quite well. And, other side of the coin, I’ve pushed out an experiment I thought was great, and found out later nobody liked it. The art world, though, is filled with examples of work that sat for years before anyone recognized its worth, as well as works hung prominently that would be all but forgotten 20 years later.
It’s an analogy, I think, to the way history itself works. The symbols and images we surround ourselves with, even the people we designate as heroes, will change as society changes. More futile than running experiments up the flagpole is doggedly maintaining a tattered flag in a windstorm.
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Have to update my most recent post in lauding one of my favorite television episodes; that being Cheers, season 10, episode 16. I mentioned that I’d kept it in my Netflix list so I’d have it to watch and lived in fear that Netflix would drop the series.
Sure enough, Netflix did. In fact, it already had when I wrote the blog.
It sounds like it may reappear in the new Peacock service that debuts this week – I’ll look for it anyway and cross my fingers that it will reside on that service’s ‘free’ side, versus a paid upgrade.
Honestly, we’ll look back on this shift to consumption of mass media through streaming services in the same way we now recognize the rise of the internet, then the adoption of smart phones in its impact on society. How we view the world has a direct bearing on how we treat the world, and each other.
That’s three fundamental sociological changes in 30 years, if you’re counting.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.