Friday, February 18, 2011

Found art 42

Yet again, we meet for Found Art Friday here at The Department of Homeland Inspiration.  
One day, a participant sent some images and mentioned having discussed/argued with another friend about whether it was actually "art" or not.  Eureka! said the Ranger.  The gold is the wondering.  In thrall with the fluidity of existence and the technologies we employ to record/share some attentive moments:

Those three images were from Jim Lindenthal in Pacific Grove.

And from way over in the Atlantic ocean, Bridget Skjordahl
calls it "Warrior"
While the Ranger is digging the diagonal.
From a friend in the Bay Area, we have yet  another category of "patina", the deliberately human stressed etch tracings.
And then there is "making art" on purpose by using your hands and reorganizing some materials. Or are you just establishing a "point of view":

(Okee dokee, Art Ranger is ready for a Journalism assignment in the Middle East)

Even though artists are really more like funnels, or upside-down cones. 

Or are they just sieves or thought clusters or windows on the world?
And we leave you with a quote from John Berger's (1980) collection of essays About Looking: The Uses of Photography, quoting Susan Sontag's (1973) On Photography : "Photographs are perhaps the most mysterious of all the objects that make up and thicken the environment we recognize as modern.  Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood."
(Now look at us now)


  1. If you can wipe off some of it with your sleeve, it is art.

  2. depends if your heart is on your sleeve or not