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[ from a. addair who is listening to The Civil Wars (Barton Hollow) ]
I was listening to NPR the other day and heard David Orr, author of Beautiful and Pointless : A Guide to Modern Poetry consider the role that poetry plays in the wider world.
Here’s an excerpt from the NPR article:
“The final chapter of Orr’s book asks what might be the most important question: Why bother? Why read poetry at all?
And Orr has a rather surprising answer: ‘I don’t know that people ought to bother. I think that poetry is one of those choices you make in life that’s … it’s not really susceptible to reasoning or arguments…I think a better way to approach the question ‘why bother?’ is not to answer it — but rather just to say that if you do bother, it can be worthwhile.’”
His answer first shocked me and then I began to fancy it as delightfully simple and refreshing…and applicable to painting.
In his book, Orr writes, “For decades now, one of the poetry world’s favorite activities has been bemoaning its lost audience, then bemoaning the bemoaning, then bemoaning that bemoaning, until finally everyone shrugs and applies for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.”
1. I heart David Orr, isn’t he funny? 2.This reminds me of myself, bemoaning on a few too many occasions.
Recently I lead a discussion on the role of arts in spirituality. I think a large part of my motivation to participate in the class was because I wanted to help promote the gospel that says art (particularly visual art and even more narrowly painting) is vital to life.
Embarrassingly flimsy now that I think about it.
I’m not downright reversing the way I feel about art’s potential, but I am lightening up and laying off the zeal.
Probably, one can go through an entire lifetime without looking much or caring about painting and live a satisfying and whole existence. Fair enough. I can wear a black beret and not-too-tight-and-in-a-wad panties at the same time.
I think much of my intensity toward convincing others of the value of art comes from a bruised starving-artist ego. It desperately seeks validation: I’m not wasting my time right? Spending my whole day concerned about the quality of a line or how a shade of red responds to fuchsia is not frivolous right? Somebody, please confirm me; but if you won’t you just don’t get it. Snub. Snuffle. Bemoan.
Because the work of artists is often undermined, when we talk about the merit of what we do, it can get rather bristly.
I do believe it is incredibly essential for an artist to pursue the making of art because, at least for me, I delight in it and have come to depend upon it for processing and appreciating life. And I think it has the capacity to do these things for/in the viewer as well. Making and seeing art is important; it is a piece of the whole, but not supreme.
I’ve also been thinking about what Doug Banister from All Souls said about needing both structural and spiritual components for renewal.
So much of my recent journey has been about relaxing into what is already there and this moment is no exception. It is such a relief to rest in the realization that I possess only a little piece of a great big whole. There is more than one component for renewal and I can only give what I have, which is an important part, but not the every-part.
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[ from a. addair who is listening to Tom Waits (Closing Time) ]
when i think
i’m okay or that i’d like a distraction
but it scrapes in my stomach
and drags at my face
and i try
to smile at the camera but
it is ugly
when i sit here unsure of how to proceed
[ from a. addair who is listening to Cut Copy (In Ghost Colours) ]
I’m quite proud to be shown with this collection of people. Looking forward to the show, myself…
The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents a new exhibition featuring eleven local artists entitled “Emerging Artists Exhibition,” opening Friday, March 4, at 5:00 PM at the Emporium Center. This show includes acrylic, mixed media, drawing, printmaking, photography, fiber, installations, and more. The artists featured in the exhibition include:
- Ashley Addair – Acrylic on canvas - www.noroomforhipsters.com
- Jonathan Bagby – Digital photography - www.jonathanbagby.com
- Julie Bernal – Digital photography - www.juliebernal.com
- Robmat Butler – Wood, plaster, plastic, foam - www.robmatbutler.com
- Antuco Chicaiza – Large mixed media paintings - www.antucochicaiza.com
- Hannah C. Holder – Mixed media (watercolor, gouache, ink & colored pencil on paper) - www.hannahholder.com
- Heather Ann Jackson – 3-D drawings on paper; cut paper, burning techniques - www.heatherajackson.com
- Jessie Morris – Photography - www.jessiemophoto.mosaicglobe.com
- Erin Mullenex – Mixed media collages with drawing and cut paper - www.erinmullenex.com
- Katie Ries – Embroidered badges, photographs - www.whoshareswins.com
- Jessie Van der Laan – Prints and drawings on paper - www.jessievanderlaan.com
“Emerging Artists Exhibition” will be displayed in the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from March 4-25, 2011. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on March 4 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine and featuring music by guitarist Thomas Anderson (www.thomasandersonguitar.com). Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visitwww.knoxalliance.com.
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[ from a. addair who is listening to The Last Shadow Puppets (The Age of the Understatement - Acoustic EP) ]
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[ from a. addair who is listening to Roger Whittaker (Christmas Collection) ]
sunset happens hours before its due
the other side of the mountain basks
while the valley cools
my aunt sits on her rotting porch
freshly painted semi-gloss white
in a too-late attempt to save it
she lights up a joint and nods
to the blue ridge
and exhales red clay and coal dust