dust to dust
Post #609 • August 24, 2005, 1:21 PM • 38 Comments
Scene: home, on the computers.
DL: You're kidding.
Me: I wish I was.
DL: That's crazy.
Me: Welcome to my working environment.
DL: Why is this in a museum?
Me: You have to make work like that in order to get taken seriously by certain people in the art world.
DL: (looking at website) Apparently she finds dust beautiful.
DL: She should come over to my house. It's full of beauty. I should charge admission like the museum. People pay to see dust?
Me: You could even throw in some dog hair for free.
DL: I should take photographs of the back of peoples' pants after they get up off my couch. That would be really advanced.
Me: Good idea.
DL: You should make art out of what's on your bathroom floor.
Me: I would probably have a more viable career.
DL: Are you going to review this?
Me: I don't know. Sal was an important teacher down here to a lot of people who went through Dade North. I met him once - he's a sweet guy. Frances's work is pretty good. She just had a show at Tachmes of these little handworked party decorations that she does and we were all wondering how she was going to fill any kind of significant space at MoCA. It sounds like she didn't. Kathleen's review weirded me out - she knew the work didn't fill the space, but she talked herself out of it. She "took a few steps outside her ego" and the work coalesced.
Me: I know longtime Buddhist practitioners who wouldn't claim to be able to do that. It really seemed like a stretch. She and Frances are friends.
DL: You're not going to pile on Kathleen again, are you?
Me: Nah. Kathleen fills a need. She's better adapted to the environment down here than I am. I'm... I dunno, what's an anachronism, but in place rather than time?
DL: What did she think of the dust people?
Me: She liked them. That's her kind of thing.
DL: One of the dust people is from Anchorage. That explains it. They don't have anything else to do besides look at dust.
Me: I guess ice fishing gets old. My cousin used to live in Anchorage. One day she called and said it was minus-70 degrees outside. That's gotta have an impact on you.
DL: Is the idea that if they do something controversial enough, people will talk about them after they're dead?
Me: It doesn't work when you're the millionth one. I don't know. You'd figure that they believe in what they're doing like I believe in what I'm doing, but then the dust people come along and I have to wonder.
DL: You're not going to post about this, are you? Someone might steal my idea of dog-hair-on-clothes photos. I think I can get a grant for it.