What’s the Point?

Well, there are actually two points to starting this blog…

Thoughts are such fluid things that they can be rather tricky. They generally overlap and intertwine, and they have a layered depth to them. (Notice how your thoughts don’t just work on the semiotic level, consisting simply of thought-out words in neatly constructed sentences, but behind that internal voice is a whole host of intuitions, emotions, and so on.) ‘Conceptual currents’ can surge up from the deep and send scattered ideas bubbling and fizzing across the surface. So the first reason for writing this blog is to try to capture some of those ideas or thoughts—to hold them down and get them to explain themselves.

But I could just as well do that in a private journal, which brings me to the second reason. I want to connect. The Internet has been around for a little while now but I’m finally seizing the opportunity it presents to share with others, open discussions and spark mutual inspiration. So if anything I put up strikes a chord or triggers an interesting thought in you, drop me a comment! I’m always keen to learn about new ideas, facts and perspectives.

From handprints to photographs, urinals to happenings, ‘art’ (or ‘Art’) has become a notoriously baggy term that incorporates all these things—and more. The posts on this blog will be similarly varied in their subject matter, but underpinning them all will be a connection to art. In effect, I’m saying that a diverse mishmash of observations and musings will be united by an equally loose and vague term—which gives me plenty of scope to write about whatever I fancy!

Essentially, you’ll be given a view of the world through this artist’s eyes.

A note on my choice of image

It’s a bit of fun and, yes, intentionally a little edgy. But at the same time there’s a serious point being made about not being too serious. A healthy sense of humour and a pinch of scepticism help to keep us grounded. Just as there are two points to writing this blog, there are two ‘points’ in the image. Adam’s outstretched hand might be symbolic of our noble aspirations towards the divine, our serious pursuit of the ideal, but his penis reminds us of our animal connection with the earth. As much as we might (and should) strive for certain ideals, there is no escaping our entanglement with material reality and all of its comic and tragic inconsistencies. Adam’s penis points down, perhaps, beyond the earth’s surface, to those chthonic spirits of the underworld, the animal instincts and archetypes of the unconscious, in whose murky depths those ideals of ours have their origin, bringing us full circumcision…- I mean circle!

 

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