It’s Already Been Done: A Particular Lie

At any given moment, there are millions of artists and craftspeople working around the world, making things that may or may not have any pragmatic use (depending on how you define pragmatics), and for most of human history, those artists worked in small corners, unnoticed except by the few. Not so today, thankfully.   An explosion …

Meditations on Malick’s “The Tree of Life”

I've been hearing about this film for awhile.  "You'll either love it, or hate it," people told me.  A few people who know me pretty well figured it would be my kind of movie.   Anjie travels, and I'd been contemplating watching it without her, but I kept thinking, "No.  I'll wait for her."  So …

World Building

Jonathan Harris is an artist I just came across last night, but already, there's something about what he's up to that appeals to me.   Go to his website to explore.   He begins with a clear statement of vision, and then you go to a page with descriptions of his work.   He is …

Catching a Glimpse of the World

http://vimeo.com/26378195 Have you seen One Day On Earth?  On October 10, 2010, people from all over the world shot video and have been in the process of uploading those videos ever since.   Click on the archive, and see a map of the world with links to tons of snapshot videos of all kinds of …

For The Love of God…What Do Artists Do?

On the one hand, they take materials in hand and make something.  Craft, craft, craft.  Depending on their discipline, they maneuver the materials they need (paint, voice, clay, what have you) to create objects, experiences, and ideas that alter something of the way we perceive and navigate our world. On the other hand, sometimes they …