if art is to matter …

Continuing yesterday’s post – here is Alain De Botton, arguing for an instrumental use of art:  The idea that one might use art for a purpose, for “instrumental” reasons, tends to set off alarm bells. Art is not an instrument, comes the almost automatic reply. It shouldn’t be thought of as some kind of tool. It’s…

… discovered, but still a secrets

I came across this very interesting video: Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009) was an American street photographer. Maier spent most of her youth in Europe, but returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny for the rest of her life. In her free time however, she was a photographer. Consistently…

an even darker landscape

Bryan Schutmaat © Abandoned Homestead, Red Mountain Mining District, Colorado, 2011 By happy coincidence I discovered the work of Bryan Schutmaat, and his poetic series:  “Grays the Mountain Sends”. In “Grays the Mountain Sends”, Schutmaat skillfully documents the rugged landscapes and people of the great American West. The images describe a series of mining sites and small, hardscrabble mountain…