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Comments about what I’m seeing

shrine-building

Now, Creating a place to live, for the Horse-Bodhisattva, a shine in the World. Out of the shiny bits and odd ends of what I have around, for fun and play. I feel like time is standing still – the aura of equanimity and composure radiates outwards from this sculpture into the whole world, now.

Now… so the word “now” is the word now.  I’m spending a lot of time in my studio (now), it is so nice to have a real place to be (now), not a virtual place at all. Still, Happy to connect with you, dear viewer, anywhere or time (now, or later).

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뭐 creativity

The question of “what is creativity?” arises as we believe we’re now excessively immersed in media throughout our lives in this world. Many can believe that creativity and originality is impossible now, and all efforts to conceptualize and realize ideas, thoughts, and feelings, are repetitive of earlier productions, and we’re only left to reexamine, resort, and morph the genres that already exist. I had worked artistically for years in the model of conceptualize-build-and present, but I no longer believe that ideas matter, or that the realized outcomes of ideas, that is, as artworks, matter either. For me now, what matters is that particular moment when one is mediating between the idea, the imagination, and the created thing, the realization, between the imaginary and the real. That gap, that bridge between the two worlds, the inner and outer universes we exist in, that middle-of-the-ocean non-place, far from either shore… this is the place I’m most interested in spending my time at, in my studio. Of course, as a person for whom relevance is no longer important or even possible, I am free to do this. For a sculptor, it is the moment  between design and execution, for the dancer, perhaps it is the moment after hearing the music and before making a step. For the poet it is the gap from the voice in the head to the words on the page. This duality forms every creative act, and like every duality, can be resolved by adding a third element, the instant of the creative moment itself.

… creativity capitalism

… social media, designed to draw off our surplus creativity in the same fashion as capitalism draws off our surplus labor’s value.

… every image and post, while promoting ourselves and creative products, also enriches the media platform where they are seen.

… we lose our hours and uniqueness, to be seen, at the price of commission paid to the media companies; our creative value-product itself.

foam progression

Having built-up enough volume of foam over the month, I’m ready to start carving back, and get some shape happening. I can see this will take a while. It’s good though to feel the materials and have the pleasure of working them with hands-on and tools. This is, after all, the good part.

For a minute I’d optimistically thought I was half-way on this: that I’d move onto the larger final version sooner. But  now I want to take the time to enjoy working on this; what I’d been thinking of as the model, taking on an outcome of it’s own, and experimenting with form, contours, and especially surface details. Can I do both at once? Ooooh…?? I should work out the surface detail now, before I have to do it on the large final version. If I were smart about it. But I’m not. I’m careless , and frivolous, and it appears, unconcerned with technique and process.

Emma

You know that I fervently deny any purpose for Art beyond the expression of the individual self, and so, I’m heartened to see the new video works by my niece, which are utterly hermetic and personal. A painter, she also works in video; dreamy & iconographic. Like much of this genre, it presents a quasi-narrative and non-sequential format of images and sound. In a word: Montage. Video is not the experimental medium, this form of storytelling is. Releasing from the formulas of drama, and amplified by the ubiquity of video content present everywhere to the young person’s perceptions, the ideas about flow of images and meanings in a constructed artistic expression are altering. There are extremes to this; On one hand I am too familiar with very fat books filled with blurry photographs, whose meanings are particular to the photographer through memory or the momentary, irrelevant to the viewer, with an equal pile of words to mediate that difference; On the other, epic installations, or lengthy and episodic “movies”, that display fantastic production values without need for structure, or reference outside of the elaborate internal logic of the work-of-art.

Her videos, Prisoners of Venus, White Sands, &c. are at: http://www.emmapryde.com/