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 …

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 …

Gillian Wearing: Confessions and Masks

Into our discussion of authenticity comes an artist whose work addresses this head on.  Sort of.  Gillian Wearing, whose name I did not know, is the first in Newsweek's list The 10 Most Important Artists of Today.   A swift look at photographs of her work online suggest a woman interested in hidden layers of common human …

Words Like Leaves

Three hours of color. I left the house about 11:00, restless, with no appointments for the day until 7:00 p.m., at which time I'd head up to UW to shoot a couple of short scenes for a film being produced by a friend of a friend.   I get nervous about such things, so I needed …

Everything’s A Photo Waiting To Be Taken…

So I got an invitation from my daughter to do a "365" project.   What's that, I said?  Well, it's an online project where you post a photograph a day, joining a community of pretty talented (make that "really, amazingly talented") photographers just practicing the craft, having a great time blowing each others' minds with these …