Lori Koonce wrote: Tom C wrote:
Lori Koonce wrote:What good is any art, visual or otherwise, if it's not challenging you?
I dunno. I love Van Gogh's work but I cant say I find it challenging. Can’t we appreciate art without it being challenging?
I suppose you could Tom, but why would you want to? I look at the mundane at every moment of my life. If I'm gonna spend money to look at or read something, at least let it be challenging at some level.
As the acronyms go, JMHO YMMV.
I kinda go both ways on this one. (Lori, stop snorting coffee outa your nose, grrlfriend!
There's challenging art, like Mapplethorpe's nudes, then there's just beautiful art, like Platt-Lynes' nudes. Both are pics of nekkid men and women, which is challenging enough for American society I guess, but I find Mapplethorpe's images really push my buttons and make me uncomfortable, which makes me question, why? With Platt-Lynes, I just find myself gawking at the images, gorgeous bods, and wondering about how he lit them so incredibly well (which is an art form unto itself.)
It's the same reaction I had to reading Harlan's work as a 12 year old. It felt like being invited into a secret club for grownups only. (Thank you Linda Fowler, children's librarian extraordinaire for not ratting me out to my mom, who was the reference librarian.) I loved (and still do) Anne McCaffrey's work too, but on a totally different level. McCaffrey was fun escapism; Ellison made me reach for the dictionary, the encyclopedia, the Who's Who, and the card catalog to truly *get* all his references. Harlan turned me on to all kinds of artists and writers whom I never would have heard of otherwise. And then the man's prose -- WOW! What a writer!
(And Steve E. if you can get a copy, rent "Vincent", the one man show done by Leonard Nimoy. It's based on Vincent's letters to Theo and is a knockout.)
I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi Knight, the same as my Father.
STAR WARS (1977)