Autumn has always been my favorrite season. Here in New York the leaves are in the middle-to-end phase of changing color. The sun has been difussed by a thin sheet of clouds for the last week making everything dreamy.
Tension stirred as Tosca swatted at Zoey in his poorly chosen hidding place. Zoe made a move. He had to. With Tosca positioned on his right he had a clear shot from underneath the couch to the hallway. The dirty clothes pile in the bedroom promised safety if he burrowed quickly. Snap. Whap. Zoe was down before he passed the coffee table. I grabbed the spray bottle filled with water. It was time from human intervention. But before I took aim the strangest thing started happening. The wrestling ceased. Tosca's front and back legs laid over Zoe's body. Their bodies curved seamlessly with Zoe's back lining his predator's chest and belly. They held this pose motionless for whole minute.
Nietzsche defined master morality as the morality of the strong-willed. For these men the 'good' is the noble, strong and powerful, while the 'bad' is the weak, cowardly, timid and petty. Other qualities that are often valued in master moralities are open-mindedness, courage, truthfulness, trust and a sense of self-worth. -wiki
They are particularly wary of the things that their oppressors value as "good". The essence of slave morality is utility: the good is what is most useful for the community as a whole. Since the powerful are few in number compared to the masses of the weak, the weak gain power vis-a-vis the strong by treating those qualities that are valued by the powerful (the things that cause their own unsatisfactory condition) as "evil," and those qualities that enable sufferers to endure their lot or improve their condition as "good." -wiki
"With one foot in the bath, I stood waiting for her to return. I waited an unreasonably long time, long enough to realize that she wouldn't be back tonight. But what if I waited it out, what if I stood here naked until she returned? And then, just as she walked in the front door, I could finish the gesture, squatting in the then-cold water." -Something That Needs Nothing
Miranda has a knack for indulging thoughts and vunerabilities that most of us try to forget. I am particularly fond of the story's title.
Since we were just talking about Ms. Walker, I went to check out the work at Columbia University.
below work by Yasue Maetake
reminds me a little of Louise Bourgeois...
below work by Dasha Shishkin
Are we playing peeping tom here? I don't think so but I did at first. Is this talking about society? What's the dirt for? Its funny, I feel embarrassed for people when they openly ponder the meaning of a piece of "art" or used the word are in public, unless they are a close friend. Anyway, I am intrigued by the image.below work by Mara Sprafkin
I imagine that this is a piece on how much waste we produce.
Previously at the MET, Kara Walker now has an exhibition at the Whitney. She is well known for her silhouetted images that explore race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity. In 1997, at the age of 28, she was one of the youngest people to receive the MacArthur fellowship. In 2007 she was listed among Time Magazine's 100 most influencial people in the world of arts and entertianment. She now teaches for the MFA program at Columbia University. I will also shamelessly mention that her father was the Chair of the Art Department at Georgia State University, my alma mater. holler if ya heard...