Thursday, July 17, 2008

the "I", the "We"

There is no Starling "I".
The beauty of the watery sweep and inky line exists because of mindlessness.
To let ones self relax into the drift.
Which bird moves slightly to the left or leans into the wind to move the million towards that wild design?
The psychologists say that in mobs or riots, the crowds that run amok are steered by people deep inside the group.
The ones who cannot see.

So to those that are invested in the "flocking" theories for corporate workplace structures- be careful.

Individualistic vs. Collectivism.
The fraternal twins of different cultures.

One culture says- the good of the few.
The other- the good of the many.
The revolution of evolution.

But the Starling mind is not Collectivistic.
(Although the corporate encampments would like you to think it so. )
No creativity, no rebellion, no identity.
The Starling does not question.
We are the We.

Monday, July 14, 2008

spiral, magnet, tree: THE CRAVING

The surge and the urge.
The MRI- the miracle machine that peeps inside the mind, and shows the addict brain pulse with pleasure just seeing a picture of a frosty beer, a crack pipe, the oxycontin tablet.

While the normal mind shows a stimulating sign when looking at a baby, a humming bird, a family photo.
And DNA too!
The twists of genetic material that scribe the genes of a schizophrenic, a homosexual, and an alcoholic.
The mouth goes moist simply driving past the billboard where the woman in black velvet sips the drink or hold the bottle.
And the tree!

The family tree- with little christmas lights for every relative afflicted with addiction or bi-polar or.....suicide at last.

Put on those boots.
Lace them tight and strive to be the one that lives to old age, and dies in ones bed sober.
You are not alone.
You will make it.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

the beauty of the Mark, the intention or ambivalence of the Maker

Robert Smithson 1970 diary page

william anatasi subway drawings

Often ( and for me as an artist this is not always a good thing) on the way to creating a new piece I will see a scrape on a wall, an inadverdent mark on a piece of tin or plastic, or the claw scrape of a wild animal on a tree and say to myself-

forget it! forget art!

you will never make a mark as provocative or beautiful.

parking lot markings

artist Cy Twombly

physicist Clint Sprott