To understand art, it’s important to get inside the art, to feel it in your body, to know the art on a sensorial-kinesthetic level.
If you believe that, I have a $38,000 outdoor sculpture I’d like to sell you.
This little tongue-in-cheek post is a quick response to a sort-of challenge from my blogging friend Jenny Pellet, who picked up and revised a challenge from our mutual blogging friend Sherri Matthews, to post 5 pictures / 5 stories. I offer, for your amusement today, 5 pictures with 1 little fairy tale + 4 one-stence stories.
- Once upon a time there was a couple who loved art and poetry so much, that they worked as contracting consultants to support their passion. (Because most artists who try to support themselves by their art, really do starve!) They were very good at solving construction problems as a team, he being a logical, big-picture, results-oriented go-getter artist, she an intuitive, detail-oriented, communicative, organizer poet. They were very happy until they met an evil client, for whom they solved, literally, dozen of emergency problems successfully and on-time for a whole year. But the client was never, ever satisfied. When he demanded that a 2-week kitchen remodel absolutely must be completed in 2 days, the super-duper pair almost did it, but ran into terrible unforeseen obstacles, including storm-induced power outages, and hidden structural defects. So it took them 4 days to complete what would have been a 3-week project. They danced around, high-fived each other, and celebrated their awesomeness, because they had overcome the nearly impossible trial of unforeseen delays. But the evil client began to throw successive, increasingly impressive tantrums. Fiinally he screamed at them, “Your hair is on fire! Your hair is on fire.” This made their hearts palpitate, because oh-no! How awful to have your hair on fire! But, the evil client was LYING! When they discovered how evil, the evil client really was, they jumped in their car and drove 2-1/2 hours to their favorite public garden, The Fells in Newbury, New Hampshire, to bask in a beautiful house set in a fine garden filled with artful sculpture, surrounded by stunning nature, Here, they sought to understand art, to get inside the art, to feel it in their bodies and know it on a sensorial-kinesthetic level. Then they forgot all about the evil client and felt oh-so-much better. And they lived happily ever after.
2. One more time, the most interesting man in the world teased a bull and got away with it.
3. The power of 2 chiefs staring was great enough to make a charging bull cower.
4. He didn’t know it was impossible, in one’s senior years, to learn to dance en pointe and so he did it.
5. More often than not, during his morning run, the contemplation of his great-good fortune would cause him to take flight.
So, how do you blow off steam when wacky people get on your nerves?