I agree with you on this, propaganda should be left for the Chinese Communist Party and not the artist community. I like to be let into the world and vision of any particular artist, but at the end I make my decision regardless of what others think or what the trend is.
Thanks, Attila, you put it better than I did.
This confuses me. The man that I met last May at his homestead in Western Massachusetts was certainly not the type to preach or lecture or tell me what it is that I should do. I very much got the sense that he does what he does because it pleases him, and he couldn't care less whether the rest of the world follows his lead - in fact, he probably wouldn't want them to.
Yes, that is the impression I get too. But with such an unconventional demo as the one he did in Sydney, there had to be a message - a theme, maybe. And that was definitely an impulse towards greater freedom from bonsai conventions. He never said anything against traditional bonsai, but said that people started turning around in circles, when they did not take the initiative of looking beyond their limited area of knowledge and experience. The bowling ball became a sort of symbol of "anything goes if you want it to". (I wish I could remember more, but after 5 years that is hard.) Note that Nick chose the subject of his demo himself. The organisers had a bit of a problem, getting hold of a bowling ball at short notice. ;-))
The message was good, and legitimate, and to an outsider it must have seemed especially appropriate, in this country so far removed from the main bonsai centres. The point is that it sounded too much like criticism - everyone felt targeted. Nick can have quite an impact, if he puts his mind to it!
Then the notorious bonsai fundamentalists on the German forum find that this is the end of civilization. The rants are aggressive and bitter. One response to these disgustive rants was 'now why are you now starting to GOEBEL AROUND here?' I think this was a particularly brilliant reponse.
This is the kind of thing I find truly objectionable.
Thanks very much for the clickable images! Most welcome!
Can you put a link on the Interactive Galleries? I didn't, not knowing if you'd approve.