A new bill is looking to find a replacement for Seattle's iconic Lenin Statue. Yes, I know, I had the same question: How in the hell did Lenin get to be in Seattle? I'll tell you, along with why I think the statue's journey gives us a caricature view of the social creative act.
I've modified Bob Dylan's '7 Simple Rules for a Life in Hiding' to create 7 Simple Rules for a Life [of Authentic Relevance].
One, never trust a cop
in a raincoat.
Two, beware of [anything devoid of] enthusiasm and of love,
eachit is temporary and quick to sway.
Three, if asked if you care about the world's problems, look deep into the eyes of
he who asksthe one's you love, hethey will never ask you again.
Four, never give your
Five, if ever asked to look at yourself,
don'ttake your time.
neverdo anything the person standing in front of you cannot understandcan learn.
and finally Seven,
nevercreate anything, [though] it will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life.
Recently a statement by the director/screenwriter of Godless (a ‘feminist’ Western) caught my eye as he was explaining his placement of women in the plot:
“I worked hard for them [women] to save themselves. The army doesn’t come; they have to fend for themselves.”
— Scott Frank (Director of Godless)
Often people comment on art as if representing against the status-quo is simply a matter of choice - forgetting the skill required to not break the spell of an art work as it represents something outside the norm. I’ve often seen friends applaud ‘representation’ and I have to kind of nod and smile in a politically correct fashion even if I think the ‘representation’ was detrimental for the art.