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Extraction As Abstraction
Yesterday, opening the kitchen trash can, I found this spectacle:

After photographing it, I told Kim to come have a look. She said, "You know that there's no emotional attachment to that doll. It's the one with the broken head. Still, I guess I should save it for my art." I plucked the doll -- I'm not sure if he really is a "Ken" or not -- from the trash and started washing him off. This gave me ideas. I posed the doll emerging from the garbage disposal with a prop also removed from the trash can:

Kim was very disturbed by this image and another I set up with the doll, where his legs are poking out instead. I suppose I can understand why, though she traffics in that sort of art all the time. What I do know is that my initial impulse to say, "It's art!," while looking at the contents of the trash can saved the doll from an ignoble fate and gave him the prospect of being incorporated in one of Kim's works. The archivist in me can't help but see this tale as an allegory of redemption.
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elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: October 9th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
the trash image is priceless. the "art" image is... well, there's a lot of "that sort of art" & that image is therefore much less interesting to me.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 9th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I didn't mean to suggest that the latter was "art" and the former "not-art." The "It's art!" referred to what I found in the trash can. I just wanted a picture of him emerging from oblivion, cheery at his escape!
elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: October 10th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: October 9th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hahaha! You both are too much! I laughed so hard with these!
chrisglass From: chrisglass Date: October 10th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can totally see this in a contemporary museum. Your impulse is dead on.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 10th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That means a lot, coming from you. I sort of like the fact that the face is a little out of focus in the "after" shot while the drops of water on the body are sharp. By itself, the found image is better, though. I love those dried bits of maple syrup on his back!
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