Art as Political vs Art as Individual, What is Protest? What is Vandalism?

It gets a little sticky in art statements when protest art is the object of “lesser” important protest artist mimicking Ai Weiwei’s breaking another artist’s work. Where is the line? Great discussion going on about the values involved in art as political vs art as individual;

Who’s the vandal: Ai Weiwei ai-weiwei-droppingor the man who smashed his Han urn?

An attack on the Chinese artist’s installation in Miami has been condemned as an act of vandalism. Why is smashing art only acceptable if an acclaimed global artist does it?

Tuesday 18 February 2014

A “protest” at a Miami art museum raises some questions about what exactly art is, now.

On Sunday, a man called Maximo Caminero 18miami2-superJumboMaximo Caminero Miami-Dade Police Department has smashed an artwork by Ai Weiwei, one of the most famous artists of this century and a hero to many for his defiance of the Chinese state. Cue appalled face. But this is not such a simple story. Caminero’s proclaimed motive – that the Perez Museum in Miami should be showing local, not global, art – is pretty daft (I didn’t know they had Ukip in Florida), but he has accidentally punched a massive hole in the logic of contemporary art.


So – smashing art is interesting if an acclaimed global artist does it, and even if an art collector does it. But the guy who walks into a museum and smashes it is a vandal.

Could it be that smashing masterpieces is never interesting? That this illegal attack on art exposes the shallowness of the high end of contemporary art, where it’s cool to smash Han antiquities or doodle on Goya prints?

Ai Weiwei is courageous and eloquent but this incident and his response – for he has condemned the vandal – make me wonder about the rules of art right now. The reasons for condemning one destructive act and celebrating another don’t seem clear. Suddenly, the world’s most respected artist looks a bit conceptually fragile.

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Worth Is Relative, Life vs Stuff

To be valuable that is what we want, that is the ageless refrain, to have meaning and worthiness.


Elementary Explanation = that which contributes to (Wholeness) Life opposed to accumulating The Elements (Stuff) of this Physical Earth.

Life vs Stuff

Organic vs Inorganic

Individual vs Group

Idea vs Automation

Painting vs Photoshop

Human Being vs History

Action vs Algorithm

House vs Gambler

Gravity vs Airplane

None of the Above vs Choice


Flesh and Blood vs Earth


Breath of Life vs Flesh and Blood

Life vs Stuff

Life vs Stuff

Genesis 2: 7And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.





How About Those Tomatoes?

They’re in the jars and the freezer boxes too! Despite not quite enough rain and the early summer heat in the 100’s in June and  July I was blessed with plenty to store for later. I really like the different colored tomatoes, each has it’s own wonderful flavour characteristics.

Color, color. Colour, colour!

Sampling of a day’s pickings including the Pink Brandywines which it turns out really are as big as the package picture! Quite the handful were these.

Yellow Brandywines along with these red beauties.

I kept some separate by color, but also mixed several jars with all the different colors just because………

It was a good tomato year! It made me tired and very happy many summer days to put them away for the many uses we find in our always cooking kitchen.

Happy gardener in straw hat, glad to be all done with this year’s tomato crop, don’t you just love it when you take a fuzzy glary picture like this that reminds you of how young you are inside?

But still there are plenty late tomatoes for everyday fresh eating!

How Does My Garden Grow Month After Hailstorm

I am relieved to show one month after the hailstorm that my garden grows. Always amazes me to witness life bursting from the earth!


Crepe Myrtle’s Distract with Gorgeous Magentas and Pinks

Magentas and Pinks in these Crepe Myrtles we encountered at the grocery in the parking lot. The last of Spring has been invaded with Summer Blooms of early Crepe Myrtles. I guess this is the year of early flowers.


Funny, I didn’t even notice them until we came out of the grocery, then they just burst out at me!

Ooooooooooh! Crepe Myrtles in the Parking Lot!





Now I think here’s a reason to draw out my little purse sized camera. Can’t pass these by without snapping them, you never have a chance to catch things the same way again.

Am I in a Tropical Paradise? Now I am Totally Distracted from Helping Load the Groceries into the Car-trunk

Look How Complex the Blooms

And the Bark, How Lovely is the Bark!

Step back for the long shot and show off their geometrics, the way Crepe Myrtles grow is so elegant!

The Linear Branches Grow Vigorously from the Pruned Trunks and Present Arrays of Magenta Splendor

Now Myrtle, Smile! for my Little Camera, You Know You’re Beautiful!


My world close to home is full of the Creator’s unsurpassed elegance. Crepe Myrtles (Crape, if you so please) are hardy and grace many different growing zones through out the country, I wonder do these grow in other countries?  I was blessed to have seen these luscious long bloomed harbingers knocking on the door into Summer. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Tomato Plants Recover from Hailstorm, Daylilies and Glads Bloom

Just a quick update on the garden after the hailstorm the tomato plants mostly survived and recovered, we’ve been busy as bees, so no time for more.

Daylilies, I Think These Qualify as ‘Eye Candy’, I’m Borrowing My Sister’s Canon Rebel to Photograph Today (a step above my usual)

Covering for No-till Box Tomatoes, Will Cover with Leaves Next

Tomato Replants Looking Good

Tomato Blooms on Pink Brandywine Plant that Had Been Hailed Upon

Gladiolus Returned and Multiplied into Two and a Half as Many as Last Year!

You can see I’ve got lots of weeding to do around the edges despite the no-till tomatoes in the boxes. My dear husband helps with his trusty old bulky tiller between the peas, corn, and bean rows (don’t know how he thinks that jarring machine is fun to run, LOL!) I leave you with the pretty glads and wish you happy gardening and garden dreaming too. 😀

P.S. One more update on the hail pelted cornrow.

Italian Flint Corn Earring After the Hailstorm, Amazingly the Stalks All Stood Up and Began Forming Them Immediately After the Storm



Rainy Day Drive

The blessing of mostly gentle rain showers on the past two rainy days kept my family out of the garden and gave some of us an urge to take a long rainy day drive.

No Worries with our Handsome Driver at the Wheel

Fill ‘er Up! Lowest Price Gas in Town

A House I Like

Haven’t Eaten There in Years, Look at the Rain Clouds!

Top Gas Price, Glad We Already Topped Off the Gas Tank

Clearing Sky Between Showers, Grass Grazing Cows

Rains Green the Pasture

Dusk after Rainy Day, Moonrise

Foggy Moonrise

Moonrise Fog