I want to write and put into the record what I’m thinking about, but my mind just doesn’t seem to be there. The funny thing is that I want to write about, in light of the nature of the two artists I posted last week, how maybe art could help me control the chaotic and overwhelming flow of information that I’ve always been a slave to. How the constant shifting between different areas of study and interest has paralyzed me, preventing me from ever finishing anything or gaining any momentum in my life. I feel like my mind’s fighting against me trying to reconcile it through writing.
Instead, I finished a little project this weekend. Nothing too astounding, other than the fact that I stuck long enough to finish it. It’s a model of the Chrysler building from the book Origami Architecture (it’s not origami, not even close, but whatever). I had to cut out over 3000 identical windows. I found the repetitiveness quite comforting. It turned out quite well.
The model turned out great, but I almost regretted putting the pieces together. I found that I’m more attracted to the deconstructed look. There’s something to the order and the repetitiveness of the pieces all laid out.
That’s it. No other analysis. Don’t know what’s next.
Here’s another artist I’m very much interested in, Kris Kuksi:
Even with only two artists, there’s a pretty obvious (and definitely not unintended) indication of what I am attracted to: an overwhelming amount of detail, and the obsessive amount of process that had to go into creating the work.
Also, I find that I’m not as interested in the message that the work portrays. It’s very easy for me to separate the art and message and focus only on what I’m interested in. So I got that going for me.
That’s all I’m saying right now – I have a long weekend coming up, with time to muse. Wish me luck.
Don’t mind me; just trying to collect and build some stuff up in advance of a (hopefully) very productive and enlightening summer vacation. For this post, I’m adding what is probably my favorite paper artist, Bovey Lee. I’m thinking a lot about art these days, and I’m finding that I’m attracted to two related things: intricate detail, and a near-obsessive creation process. Her works seem to cover both. Click on the picture to take you to her page.
Trying to keep some momentum here. Also trying to figure out the optimum time to publish in order to maximize traffic.
Today, some music. A perfect storm of artists, at least in my own limited musical reality. Mayer Hawthorne covering a Chromeo song, with the groove provided by a Steely Dan sample (Do It Again). Enjoy.
Came across this video about a world-record setting paper airplane throw, by a former college quarterback (What???). Nothing wrong with paper airplanes and goal setting, but the post-throw reaction really concerns me. A little too excited for what is, basically, a pretty trivial exercise.
I suck at embedding video; just sending you to the link: Here
Since I’m trying to get posts out without getting bogged down with 2000-word musing and never finishing anything, I’m just going to let it go. There’s something in this video that really troubles me about our society, though. And I’m not just talking about middle-aged men in dress shirts, novelty ties, and ball caps.
Maybe it can be concisely summed up in one of the comments: “In the meantime, Chinese 5th graders are learning Calculus”.
Time to end my winter hibernation. Here are my vitals at the end of February, 2012:
Good. I’ve dropped about 5 pounds over the last month, and I haven’t been sick since early last fall. Airborne is a miracle product.
Mostly good. The mind is as chaotic as ever, but hints of disciplined thought are cropping up more and more.
In a holding pattern. It’s not a good idea to think about religion during an election year. Watching the candidates reminds me why I don’t like going to church. I’m just going to keep reading Dante and St. Augustine until after November.
About two weeks. Not bad. Not great, either.
Yuksek, Living On the Edge of Time. French synth pop.
Are democracy and capitalism fundamentally incompatible? And, if so, which one would more Americans pick if forced to choose only one?
Better than I want it to be. I really like teaching math, much more so than science (more philosophical, no labs). The funding crisis is slowly improving, as are standards and accountability. I’ve made it to the end of February with more energy and emotional well-being than I probably ever have. It’s going well enough that I probably won’t leave it for a while. Not necessarily what I wanted to hear.
I want to be an artist.
All grown up. 10 1/2 months old. 14-15 pounds each. Intelligent enough. They’ve learned to control their claws, which is good for my furniture and my skin.
Finally, I’m trying to spend some time on my online presence. I now have a Pinterest page, and I set up a Flickr page in order to post and store my collection of paper ephemera. My Flickr user name is RazorBoy2019.
That’s it for now. Hopefully I’ll be posting more in the coming year.