THE GAME OF CASH

The metaphor of the chess game is a well worn one. Visualizations of it usually show the beginning of the game with all the pieces in play, but here I choose to show… Continue reading

MANICHEAN MEMORY MACHINE

Memory is a funny thing. Certain periods of your life are remembered as all good and others are recalled as all bad. In reminiscence, college years, for example, seem a golden age whereas… Continue reading

A COMMUNITY OF ONE

“He who is subjected to a field of visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power […] he becomes the principle of his own subjection” – Michel Foucault, Discipline… Continue reading

PEACEABLE KINGDOM VENTURE PARK & ZOO

The Peaceful Kingdom is the title of 60 or so paintings illustrating Isaiah 11: 6-8 “The wolf will live with the lamb…” by preacher/artist Edward Hicks. They all show the various beasts hanging… Continue reading

BOX AMERICANA

Pax Americana? No, more like pox, pox Americana. Poxed in a box Americans. You say, per Lee Greenwood, “And I’m proud to be an American / Where at least I know I’m free”… Continue reading

CONSENSUS OF INCOMPATIBLES

On a TV show, a shrink quotes her late husband, also a shrink, “There is no humanity, there are only humans…” and I now paraphrase the rest, “and each is driven and attracted… Continue reading

COCK FIGHT

The scene here is at first glance simple. We seem to have classic cock fight; a pair of bought and paid for, bred for the job chickens circle in the pit. They are… Continue reading

STATUE OF LIMITATIONS

The artist sculpts no more public works ennobling the others; he carves no more edifices at their behest for their enrichment. He was an appropriator, but never a forger; he worked in any… Continue reading

I-BYZANTIUM

Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into the artifice of eternity. (W. B. Yeats 1933) We tend… Continue reading

ART, POOR ART II

He asks himself whether art in itself (l’art pour l’art) was the reason he did it, not the praise he got for his efforts. Yes, he enjoyed the gestures themselves and the magic… Continue reading