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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;
http://gu.com/p/3mq2k

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.

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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.

Go here for entire article; http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/feb/18/ai-weiwei-han-urn-smash-miami-art

 

 

 

 

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Cold Hard Facts, Gun control? We need medication control!

My hope is that the reader will become aware.

 

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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!

Intensity!

 

 

 

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. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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

 

 

 

I’m…What Am I??? Just a Believer in Jesus Christ Covered by Grace Alone

 Prespective

Getting Related in a Cockeyed World, or Putting Things into Proper Prespective

I’ll be blunt. I am not a “Conservative Christian”, I am rather just a believer in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I am for the blood of Christ covering all my sin, I believe that I should obey the commands of Christ because He told us that if we love him we will obey him. Therefore I am FOR LIFE and family according to the pattern in the bible. I believe that Jesus came to fulfill the law and made a New Covenant with us with his earthly walk, crucifixion, resurrection, and Ascension into heaven to be our Mediator. Don’t think in terms of there being two choices, either “Conservative” or “Liberal” because  a “Liberal” in the common modern sense of the word which has lost its original meaning and been co-opted by the DNC. So I won’t wear a label, I rather take the attitude of the Apostle Paul who boasted in nothing save the cross of Christ Jesus.

Labels are for those who trust others to do their thinking.

Properly used labels give a starting place, but even so using our faculties is necessary to keep from us from being mislead.
Labels are simplistic yet front loaded with meaning and promise. They designed to be used as scorecards for quick information for busy people and or for those who lack familiarity, confidence, or expertise. After all, to know a matter takes time and attention, comparison and analysis.
For instance when getting a glass of milk to drink you look at the expiration date, pick up the carton noting its temperature, open the carton, put your nose to it, pour the milk into the glass look at its consistency, smell it once again in the glass, then take a sip to be sure it’s sweet before chugging it down. Unless you really don’t mind realizing you’ve just swallowed sour milk and suffering from a bout of gagging, stomach upset, or heaven forbid, food poisoning and maybe death later you have to understand that even a “good” label won’t protect you from spoilt milk.
Also we have to be aware that labels can be peeled off and changed with very little or even no actual changes in products for “re-branding” purposes they direct attention to things away from others, and act upon us as magician’s illusions.
Folks who claim the name of Christian have no business playing the game of politics. Sorry for all the Moral Majority babies out there in their 40s and older, but we were convinced by the co-opted church that the route to the land of the free and the home of the brave was just too dangerous because it allowed folks who don’t embrace our beliefs to make their own choices. So we adopted “Conservative” value politics.

But the label “Conservative” is fraught with meanings that are both negative and positive. Conservative does not equal Christian. It means status quo. Keeping things the way they are and never allowing any change good or bad.

Have you ever been able to clean your house and keep it that way? Absurd to even imagine, yes, you’d have to stop living in it then go into it on a regular basis to dust and air it out and still you’d see it fade and deteriorate from oxygen and sunlight exposure. Maybe you could put it in an airtight vault? But who would benefit from its shelter then?
I’m all for cleaning my house and keeping separate from corrupting systems such as the public school system and many corrupting influences. I try to stay in a good community and eschew places and groups who outright make choices to rebel against God’s ways. He commanded us to be in the world but not of the world, so despite my efforts I find sin and corruption wanting to take over.
No, you’ll have to admit that our Christian walk must be continually tended to and thought about and maintained. Conservation would be a silly thing to do with your home. Your standards have nothing to do with status quo then, do they? Jesus teaches us to abound!

The story of the master giving the talents comes to mind. He came back to see how his servants used them. The master revoked the talent from the “conservative” and gave it to he who had put it to work and doubled it. How does that stack up to the idea that Christians should be conservatives?
Liberty is only freeing if we take responsibility, otherwise we are like the wicked servant who buried his talent because he reasoned, “I knew you were a hard master…….” Notice the distrust, resentment, contempt, rejection of the talent, and the self-reliance of the wicked servant. He imagined there would be no reward and no punishment if he simply conserved the talent! Being a conservative didn’t work out well for that man. He not only didn’t benefit or gain from it, he had it taken from him, and was judged for neglecting it, called wicked, and sentenced to punishment!

“Conservative Christian”
Shouldn’t we reexamine the label? Jesus surely wasn’t a conservative. He tore the status quo from top to bottom with his new covenant. He is the Lamb without spot, sacrificed once and for all, fulfilling all righteousness. He said, “It is done!” He gives liberty to the captives! We partake of that liberty when we believe that was done for whomsoever believeth.
Confessing that belief and throwing off all excuse because of the conviction that we are truly liberated by the grace of God’s will to believe in Him. He draws unto Himself, that is His own mystery and not ours to even understand. Just acknowledge and believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

That is our only political power or obligation that we will account for. Whether we live in a government under despots or believers we each one of us have been made in His image and have no excuse, in neither estate is it easier to come to Christ. We are all captives of the flesh. He came to give liberty to the captives. Take that liberty to be truly free.

This is posted because I am truly agog at the speed with which the freedoms I grew up with are shutting down. Who knows how long the illusion of liberty I have lived in my 58 years will be completely dispelled, I am asking rhetorically, just to make a sound while I still can. ACTA, SOPA, PIPA?  We cannot play politics five or six days a week and worship God the others. Making choices for the lesser of evils isn’t Christian. My choice for president is for Ron Paul because he is the only candidate who espouses liberty and personal responsibility. Whether Dr. Paul would follow through on his words will be on his own head, but as I see it, no other candidate available to us even talks about it. Our true government is above. While a have a vote I will cast it, but I know God is above politics and world orders and He is not slack or slow but merciful and will at his appointed time judge us all.

Breaking Down Walls

I’ve been pondering how to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, cousin, and Holy Spirit containing believer in Jesus, how to communicate His light, how to be a candle upon a hill and not under a basket, neither freezing out nor scorching others who come near me.

Fellow blogger, The Mystery of the Ages, wrote a lovely post here; http://theincrediblegift.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-your-family-be-saved.html  

As this applies to all of us all the time it helped bring into focus a few things that have been on my mind  to try to improve in this still new year. Here they are;

Open the lines of communication and take down the roadblocks that hamper it. Disconnect from distracting pursuits and mindless entertainments to allow the quiet spaces necessary to know each other.

Put the phone and electronics aside to be a listener. Sit, work, or walk together without interruption. Be present physically and mentally for those you are with and not off texting or taking calls while they are talking with you.

Especially ask that children put away games and phones to teach them how to look you in the eye and read body language and tone of voice. These are habits that are vital to all of us if we are to be fully aware of the nuances of the complete meanings being conveyed.

Read aloud together, reading current events or informational materials that you think will appeal to them, pausing within the reading for comments and discussion to see their reaction and feelings. Personal anecdotes often flow from identifying with events and stories.

Throw away the ideas of age segregation. Break down the illusion that people are different because of modern lifestyles and share the generations. All people have the same needs to be heard and held as worthy of attention. It’s wonderful to get older and younger to talking after a little practice and so vital to strengthen the ties that bind us together as families. Our time is limited, we want to leave lasting impressions of love and hope. These are treasures we can lay up in heaven.

Deuteronomy Chapter 6 especially verse 7 comes to mind.
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.