Thursday, July 14, 2005

Welcome to the Center of The USA

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Blogger OrphanedPoet said...

has the feel of that poster from 'close encounter of the third kind', the distant light, the unknown. truly an eerie quality to this, scott. there's the iconic american figure, the cowboy watching things being sucked into a mammoth vortex. there's even a tip of a giant hotdog in the bottom corner, another american symbol. and where's the apple pie? cozy sweaters....(maybe where we're headed, we won't need em)

this cowboy, like myself, is watching everything disappear. i have the singularly disturbing sense that all we've come to know and recognize as our life here is being ripped away. most tellingly- the center of it, the heart. the main axle.


4:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this one doesn't carry the mystery and force of some of the others, scott. it has almost a madison avenue feel to it, like it could have been pulled from some coke or car ad on tv. i don't mean to denigrate it, just to make the observation that it isn't very ... scott to me.

6:31 AM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


Great take on this piece, Karen. Thanks. American icons sucked into a great vortex... certainly the theme at work here.


This is the best thing you could have ever said to me!

This piece does, in my view, merely skim along the surface of imagery and does not descend into, or snag at all, any of the meatier, juicier emotional chords that
some of the earlier works did manage to take hold of.

That being said, it does not quite feel like a failure.
I don't think I would have posted it if I didn't have
some affinity for what is going on in the piece.

But I most heartily agree with you in your assessment
of the piece, Jim. Spot on.

And it is a great gift to have an honest friend's eye.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scott, i've written a reply twice now and lost it both times. to make those longish responses a bit shorter now, just be assured i think the piece has great possibilities, despite my inability to recapture my great essay on how we always get upset with a picasso when he makes a sudden left without giving a signal. jim

9:15 AM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...

Well, I don't know. I appreciate the the thought that your reaction might just be a sideways look at something new and unexpected, but my suspicion is that the image in question just doesn't pull its weight satisfactorily, or at least not on the surface of it.

The reason I say that is that I share your sense of disappointment with the piece in some measure. Our voices kind of overlap there....

But we must be willing to explore these avenues, even if they don't pan out ultimately. Something is at work here....

Anyway. Grateful for the critical, and warm, eye.



7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe that itch you feel is from the scratches of a poem in the making.

9:11 AM  

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