Andrew Loosli wrote:
let me go back to these harsh words you used above: DIFFERENT, PURPOSEFULLY INSULTING and CONTROVERSIAL. I have been thinking a lot about that in the last few days. Because of this stone, my lady found in the woods:
We are talking about some 20 pounds of massive limestone. When you look at it from one side, it is a perfect skull. Might be a dinosaur or a dragon. Believe me, it does not take any phantasy to see that. But it is not a skull, just a stone. It is not a suiseki, too. An astonishing stone, different, controversial and somehow even insulting.
How likely is it to find such a stone? Should I have thrown it away, because it does not fit any rule of bonsai? Should I have said: 'I put you on my window bench, but keep away from the real art'?. I could not do so. Instead I bought a cornus alba and ? forgive me all ? planted it 'over the rock'. I will show that as soon as possible.
Now: Is this art? Is this punk? Is this kitsch? Or is it just an idea, that does not need a category, because it is unique anyway?
Sometimes, Vance, I think I should stop writing and thinking and just do things. Others may discuss then, what it is. And if they think it is controversial ? is this not their own fault?
If you find a stone and recognize something in it if displayed a particular way, represents something other than what it is, and you collect the stone and display it in that manner then it is art. What's the problem? What ever you do don't stop thinking or discussing these things, if anything it helps you figure out where you stand.
After all who cares if what you, I, or anyone does falls under the scrutiny of someone else? I suppose this is the point you are trying to make, or I should say I am trying to understand, that you are going to do what you want to do while others discuss what it is you have done and why you did it. It really is a bit amusing when you think about it.