Tag Archives: Criticism

The Joy (and Terror) of Not Knowing

Sometimes your friends can be absolute pains. Here I am, late on a Sunday night, with a half-finished blog post, a glass of red wine in me and my twitter friend advising me to get my blog post finished. All … Continue reading

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On Self-Determination

Being in command of your own destiny is a funny thing. Too little and you have no freedom or liberty. Too much and you harm yourself and the community around you. There is a delicate balance to be struck between … Continue reading

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Confelicity

There is a very beautiful word that isn’t much used, in the English language. The word is confelicity. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t have encountered it much either. It’s so rare that my spelling checker is complaining about it, … Continue reading

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Everything is Not Fine

It’s the complacency that infuriates me most. In academia, you will hear learned, well-read, peer-reviewed, intellectual debate about where ideas come from and why they represent the world as it is: perfect, timeless, constant and immutable. The sheer arrogance behind … Continue reading

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Some Remarkable Similarities Between Art and Engineering

My wife, while reading one of my blog posts, said something I found surprising the other day. She said it was rather sad that I didn’t talk more about my engineering, on this site. In her view, I approach art … Continue reading

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The Crucial Twenty Percent

I’ve heard it said that the following applies.  It’s the 20/60/20 rule: 20% of people will hate you, no matter what kind of art you make, or what kind of person you are.  It doesn’t matter.  They’ll hate the way … Continue reading

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Fear of the Unconventional

There is a significant population of people that are alarmed, scandalised, affronted and viscerally offended by pictures painted in bright colours, whether representational or abstract, or somewhere in between.  I have the anecdotal evidence.  They can’t stand them, but more … Continue reading

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Chasing Your Tail

Have you ever seen a dog chase its own tail?  It’s a spectacle that is both bemusing and somewhat alarming.  Here is a supposedly sentient creature engaged in something that is utterly pointless and completely impossible.  If they ever catch … Continue reading

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Iconoclastic is Fantastic

An iconoclast can be defined as a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc, as being based on error or superstition.  An iconoclast is a breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration. Do you … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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