Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Little Inspiration in a Dark Week

"Art 21: Art in the 21st Century" goes into artists' studios and artists' minds, and offers fast-paced stories of the artists' motivations, thoughts, materials and backgrounds. The diversity of the mediums (media?) of the artists covered makes the viewer feel as though she were watching an all-encompassing stratosphere of summoning the imagination from the brain into the world through production of creativity and how it feels and what its value is. Each artist talks about what art is and how it fits into, inside of, and outside of our minds. Sometimes Netflix brings great things.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

More Introspection

Sorting through thoughts happens most often in isolation. Does isolation and thoughtful circulation of thoughts lead to madness? Why, yes, it does, sometimes ... but does it always.... ? that is my question. Fortunately I have never been a victim to that unfortunate circumstance, but I have been close enough, peripherally, through reading and isolation and observation to get a glimpse of it. I remember writing about this months ago and relating it to a trilogy I read by Paul Auster ... all stories dealing with that concept. Not all ended in madness. The logical and unimaginative private detective came out just fine. Good story. Bleak, gray, deep and cyclical. Tricyclical.