Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Letting the Mind Wander
My friends phoned last night and told me about visiting MOMA and seeing the videos of William Kentridge. I found a number of them on U-Tube and brought this one here for you to consider. The thing I reflected on, as I spoke to my friends and as I watched the videos, was how much time and playful attitude is required to make art.
It isn't always pure creation. Sometimes art includes observations, like the sounds made by the suits that Nick Cave conjured up. It wasn't until he made and observed his costumes that he discovered they made beautiful noises when he danced in them. I wonder if we don't miss a lot of sensory information in the fast paced world we live in. It seems to me that we need to move very slowly through life to take in even a small part of what surrounds us.
Here is a video of Nick Cave talking about his work. It isn't very long but it describes a lifetime of work and process. It describes the slow work of loving the world.
Well, from the sublime to the ridiculous. I want to introduce you to Murphy.
Murphy was a gift from Miss Bee Shay, east coast friend and art collaborator. Right away Murphy got himself into hot water with Breezy whom you've already met. It seems Murphy was (ahem) amorous and Breezy wasn't having anything to do with it.
Or was she? This is what I found recently after leaving the two of them quietly sitting on the shelf before I retired for the night. When I wake up in the morning it is not unusual to find that my dolls have changed positions, tipped over a wine glass, left evidence of mis-deeds in the studio and on the lawn.
One of my friends wondered, after I'd introduced Breezy, where Murphy was as they were inseparable at Artfest. Well, behold a new character who appeared in the studio today; a very odd baby it is.
A baby with a suspicious resemblance to ............................ hmmmm. The plot thickens.