This week, our Friend in the Bay Area found this interesting purposeful art met with happenstance:
As an art work, the visual and physical gesture of creating this simple yet resonant image for people is extraordinary and important. Empty red chairs are helping them to process this loss from twenty years ago and continue the work of living. Art Ranger fascinates over our primal human connection to image for survival. In order to grasp things. Yes, those same opposable thumbs. Images help us do that. People engage the image further by adding teddy bears and flowers.
This collective Public Sculpture Performance makes us think across to the artist, Ann Hamilton
one of the extraordinary image makers of our time. They still call it "Installation art". She makes places/ spaces breathe with layers of think-thoughts and tactile emotion. She is not afraid to take on huge subjectmatter.
Speaking of the power of images, one of the ways that a tiny group of people created our financial meltdown, is by making sure that people had no image, no understanding of what was actually happening to our mortgages (our lives), no image of their "bond trading" ether casinos. Computer algorhythms pumped the econ up falsely while they sold "tranches" of us to themselves. And ate rolex steak with drunk-on-gasoline-sauce with yachts sprinkled on top.
OKAY we can SWITCH GEARS NOW
Nicky the one-eyed Nikon, Vixy the Digital kid, and Cam the Camera are all deciding what to do about the iphone
and what they've decided to do is to let the iphone capture the things that only an iphone would be there at that moment to capture:
Now we have all the current events and arabsprings and uprisings and whatnots gorily recorded because of this technology, very BIG THINGS indeed
Plus, the very momentary moments, ones where the image would be gone if you went to get your camera.
Such as the awesome patina/ pattern of worn, windblown woodgrain plywood sides of the landscaping truck ahead of us: