Monthly Archives: August 2014

Wrestling the Crocodile

I’ve often thought that engaging in artistic projects feels like wrestling a crocodile.  Initially, you don’t suspect a thing, then suddenly, it takes hold of you with a vice-like grip, it won’t let you go and it won’t let you … Continue reading

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Prescribed Process versus Personal Commitment

There’s no easy way to say this.  Most Western companies that make things make trash.  It’s not up to standard.  Much of it is breakable, worthless, prematurely-obsolescent junk.  Don’t believe me?  As a trivial example, compare and contrast the glossy, … Continue reading

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The Story of Lost Arts

I last came here when my son was a very young, wriggly, distracted, bored, little boy, who wanted to run off and explore.  We stood for a while, watching the artisans ply their craft.  There were marvels being produced.  The … Continue reading

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Artist or Performing Monkey?

There was something on the television this morning about people that, as young children or teenagers, are thrust onto the stage to perform.  The piece was about the emotional and psychological damage that can result, when a young person is … Continue reading

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Psychopathy and Aesthetic Sensitivity

If artists hold out some hope of freeing the world from the deleterious effects of the presence of powerful psychopaths, especially the psychopaths in charge, are we sure that psychopaths aren’t among the artists?  Will it be possible for psychopathic … Continue reading

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Corporate Influence is Violence in Disguise

We live in a more or less permanent reality distortion field, where the truth is hard to discern.  Every day, we are subject to messages, via advertising, social media, the mainstream media and through government public relations that tell us … Continue reading

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The Zen of Mastery

Here are some ideas that will serve you well, as an artist (or any other sort of creator): Simplicity – If you over complicate what you’re trying to achieve or make, you will run a much higher risk of not … Continue reading

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