Sunday, November 12, 2017
One of the reasons I notice instagram more than before must be because I just can hardly stand to watch the televised news anymore. I can only take so much. So my attention goes to instagram instead of CNN, to examine paintings, drawings, and interiors of beautiful houses instead of the real news which is truly making me gasp every day at this point. It's really awful. I wonder if it's as bad in other countries. If you pick and choose your online news sources it's better than tv news by far.
One thing that makes me very cross is the coverage of one story to saturation point, so that one week all you hear about --to pick at random an instance---are confederate statues being pulled down, and everyone is coming to fisticuffs over it, then it's barely mentioned ever again. I don't really care about confederate statues, I never cared about confederate statues, but after being force fed every compelling reason why I SHOULD care about the fate of confederate statues, they may as well tell me how the statue-story ends, instead of acting like it's none of my business anymore. They must have thought it was my business for that period of days when it was the leading story every two minutes for at least a week. It was as if nothing else in the world was happening except outrage over some statues that people had been walking past for decades without even noticing them. Suddenly the same complacent people were in such a frizz they couldn't rest till all the statues were yanked down or covered with a tarp.
I did have an opinion on the statues which I didn't see anyone else talking about---they should have been auctioned off to collectors for display on private properties or in personal gardens, and the money then used by that city for some rational purpose. Bronze statues go for a LOT. For instance, 10,000.00 seems like a lot of money but it is nothing for a bronze statue of that size. People buy and commission small bronzes all the time for far more than 10 k. Go to an art gallery if you don't believe me.
Instead, the sight of one of those big bronze statues being pulled down by a rope, falling into pieces of shapeless rubble, was the uninspiring result, all achieved by a frenzied crowd. I don't think there is anything scarier than a crowd mentality bent on destruction. Why destroy it? It's still a work of art, it's still bronze, some of the statues seem actually quite beautiful in a traditional sense. Without a name plaque no one even knows or cares who those statues depict unless you're a history major. The truth is, if the crowds honestly were that interested in the subject of statues they would have been on the arts committee of their towns, and these people definitely weren't, it was a mob composed of normal people not do-gooders. It was like looking at the result of a mass hypnosis, in this case learning very quickly to notice and hate something they had previously been ambivalent about or perhaps even fond of.
(If the country really wants to tear down statues they should start with the colossal abstract metal sculptures by unknown artists that grace the courtyards of countless city buildings erected in the 1980's. Talk about criminally ugly eyesores whose day is done.)
But what is news one day ends up----so often---being not mentioned anymore in a short amount of time.... What happened with Zika virus? Was it cured? They never talk about it now. They said that we needed to prepare for a global catastrophe then they changed the subject. Meanwhile there's a giant pile of plastic in the ocean that gets bigger every day, why don't they talk about that once in a while? Or force every country to contribute to the cleanup of it by January 1, or something. Something concrete. If the media applied the same thumbscrews to the populace that they employed in the cause of statues, I think that pile of plastic would be history.
Painting plates is a breeze compared to watching the news. And I think painting is hard.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
They don't have the blogger app online anymore. I don't know who 'they' are, just the anonymous bunch of computer people that put the app online in the first place. I've been using it for years and now I can't post a photo on the blog here at all. It's just like Trader Joe's. You get used to something being right there, at first it's a treat and then you depend on it, then it's gone forever and when you ask what happened to it you get a blank stare as if you had just imagined the whole thing.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
There is a composer I like a lot named Erik Satie, and it's only this last year that I discovered him. I'd heard some of his compositions before as a background in some movies, but thanks to Pandora it's finally an easy thing to put the composer's names to the pieces of music one's been hearing forever in isolated bits and pieces, always to be left wondering "Who wrote that?" When I looked him up it appeared that he was considered not really a composer in the sense that he created major works, but a bit of an eccentric, with a series of compositions that were interesting but appeared haphazard. When I typed him into Pandora, there is a station just for his work and composers who are similar. It's wonderful to listen to. Before he did those works which play now on Pandora, songs that to me seem so emotional and rather strange, he played in dance halls for his bread and butter, serving up the songs of the day. The composers of the 18th century were probably the greatest ones, but some of the 19th and early 20th century composers are so much the soundtrack of my mind, I cannot get enough of them. Debussy and Faure especially, and now Satie. They were trying to simplify, simplify. You can hear it in their work and see their influence in composers that came later. I love Pandora for helping me put names and titles to some of the things I've always gotten so much pleasure from.
Sometimes I look at my own things and think maybe they are a bit strange, too eccentric or something, but the fact is they are what I want to work on.
It's been terribly hot lately but just today it cooled down and at the moment gray clouds have come over and made everything feel like rain will pour any second.