Thursday, June 17, 2010

Steamy art?

Does drawing in the steam on the shower door count as art? Drawing with one finger? Four fingers? Backing into the door and adding a butt print? I don't think so. It's not like Andy Goldsworthy's ephemeral leaves floating down a river, then being absorbed back into nature slowly over time. Steam art is squeegeed. 

But wait, art shouldn't be judged on how it's destroyed, but rather on how and why it's created. So if you carefully pinned golden leaves together with pine needles and float them down a river, there is intention there, an intention of taking something natural and enhancing it. Are fingerprints in steam and enhancement? 

But all art doesn't enhance. Some art, like subway graffiti, isn't intended to enhance but rather to make a statement.

Okay, so now my brain is hurting. I think I'll go pull some weeds...intentionally. Enhance the yard.

Here's a link to Andy Goldsworthy's web site:

Here's the salad table John made me for my birthday last year. That's an espalier apple tree behind the table. 

Progress in the round vegetable garden. Why is that cabbage drooping?