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Re: Craftsman Defined
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- Subject: Re: Craftsman Defined
- From: Paul Anderson <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 18:11:12 -0500
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On Sat, 14 Mar 1998, vosberg wrote:
> I have seen an exhibit that was about an artist who weighed the amount of
> charcoal layered onto a sheet of paper until solid. Each piece was titled
> by the weight of charcoal. Would you call this person an idiot?
No, I would call him a deranged lunatic and have some friends in white
coats take him away for a LONG vacation. Now, come on, get real here -
since when is blackening paper with charcoal and then weighing it ART?
You see, when you start letting people call whatever they want art, you
wind up with this kind of garbage. Art should at least evoke an emotion,
or be pleasant to look at. That requires skill and forethought.
Blackening paper with coal and weighing fits NEITHER definition, _I_ can
take coal and blacken paper with it. And, hey, if you want I'll even
build a microgram balance and weigh it to down within .000001 grams!
YET, it still wouldn't be art. A technical curiousity, perhaps, but not
Paul Anderson - Self-employed Megalomaniac
"With all due respect, you, sir, have the intellect of a pickle."
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