Monday, April 6, 2009

Set Pieces

Caroline Cunningham begins the descriptions of photographer Richard Barnes nest collection with a great thought provoking statement.
"We have always been hunters and gatherers. We invest things with meaning the moment we pick them up on the beach or select them from the wall of an elegant gallery. We curate our collections, from smooth sea glass to exquisite paintings, and arrange them carefully in our rooms. We go to museums to admire objects that have been selected and arranged by other who have determined, on our behalf, what is important and worthy of representation."
What makes our carefully curated collections of "stuff" good/bad/ugly/beautiful? I live in a small studio of chaos all the time. Like many, if I clean, I loose stuff. I can function in an organized chaos. The world works in that sort of way most of the time. Chaos is created through miscommunication. When one person decides to act upon their feeling of unease in a situation, chaos ensues.

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