Don’t Tell Me What to Feel

Mon, Nov 16, 2009

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Don’t Tell Me What to Feel

Apart from Permission To Suck, it’s interviews, writing and research, my personal inspiration mostly circumnavigates my brain.  Art openings are a quick pass through or emotional oil spills that take a long time to clean up.  The artist has success with me if feeling threads don’t break as he/she reels me in.

Veiled in the filament guided journey I’ll feel things.   A paradox, an emotional a-ha moment; whatever, the established connection can be destroyed if the artist comes on too strong by telling me how to feel about my journey.  A well guided tour will lead me to my own closure or – just as with an unanswered question – leave me dangling in reflection.

A pet peeve – for example – is words displayed in artwork.  The printed word is so powerful – assuming it’s in a skilled tongue – that it disrupts artistic delicacy.  Entice me using intriguing symbolism, make me feel something, but please resist your self-indulgence or insecurities by telling me how I should feel. It’s akin to telling your life partner they are wrong for feeling as they do.  It’s a classic communication breakdown.

Simultaneously beautiful and ugly, Edward Burtynsky’s photos of manufactured landscapes are perfect examples of artistic paradox.  Try to imagine any words that would improve his scenes.  Mr. Burtynsky brilliantly conceived his approach by presenting use with the beauty of our own destruction.  We need manufacturing, we enjoy it; our culture is built on its foundation.  Yet, on balance, where do we stand – amidst beauty and luxury or hideous devastation.    - by Bruce DeBoer

Embedded is an interview with the Canadian Photographer which aired on the northern CBS network.  Following are links to his website, a documentary film and biography.

Edward Burtynsky Photography Website
Manufactured Landscapes Documentary Film
Edward Burtynsky’s Biography

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2 Responses to “Don’t Tell Me What to Feel”

  1. Darren Says:

    I really really loved his Bangladesh series, of the oil tankers’ graveyard, vast metal behemoths being carved up for scrap. I was drawn in by the almost-sci-fi scale, but what made them compelling was the juxtaposition of the tiny humans alongside them, that on a daily basis, they eek out a living this way: very chilling.

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