When did trash become so cool? I ask you that question because as I write and
edit this piece I am drinking wine out of a can – with a bendy straw. This
trend seems to have taken place over the last few years and while I can’t
say for certain why it’s happening-I do have a few ideas. With the aide
of the Internet, the pendulum swings at a faster rate these days and what was thoughtful
and relevant becomes tiresome and pedantic in a scant amount of time.
A case in point would be the sort-of-current talk on a few blogs about the artist
statement as inspired by an interview Tyler
did last month with Will Lager. Deborah
pulls deftly against such activities while Paddy
finds them defendable.
I find Ms. Fisher’s point of view to be refreshing (and her writing rocks but so does Ms. Johnson's).
I always felt like those in the generation who held their professorships while
I was at work on my MFA were working against something that was no longer present.
You can check out how other blogger’s are weighing in on the argument here
and maybe there’s something here
Though it’s only been – what? less than a month since Mr. Green’s
interview, it’s old news. The pendulum swings. How does it swing for you?
Trash, Part II
The Saatchi Gallery is democratizing art by allowing you to upload your portfolio
. It’s much like White
registry in New York though theirs is curated and full of wonderful
work. I wouldn’t boast it as a great opportunity for exposure but if your
work kicks then you’ll be a star amongst the loads of plain work on the
site. Ms. Jenene Nagy, however-in a conversation earlier today-had the good sense
to remind me that it is indeed free space to place your work online for other
people’s reference. A bit of a brilliant turn. Upload with abandon!
Ridiculous is out and Randomly Relatable is in:
Ok, here’s something very random, unrelated to art but very much related
to Portland. Biodiesel is the big thing here and there’s a pull inside
me to ditch my current rig for a groovy Mercedes. Economics, safety and common
sense are tugging me strongly in the opposite direction. What to do?
I hit on some of her climate change links. One of them is DriveNeutral.
The idea here is that businesses that are members of the Chicago Climate Exchange
are voluntarily, but legally, bound to reduce their greenhouse emissions. Some
reduce in excess and those points are up for exchange – companies that
don’t reduce can buy those credits and sidestep the reduction. DriveNeutral
allows you to buy those credits according to your imprint, reducing the pool
of available credits and forcing those companies to actually work at reducing
their emissions. Plus, you get a groovy sticker for your car.
The can is empty now (and headed directly for the recycling bin), the goggles are off and I'm going to bed.