Sometimes I stand directly in front of my TV. Most of the time for the Packers.
I stand there in the same way I stand in front of art.
Tens of millions of people spend more time in front of their television than they do in front of art. Why is that?
Well, I hear the common answers. It's easy. It's entertaining. It's something to do. It fills the loneliness. The Packers are on. A good game is on. All games a good games, right? It's cold outside. Seriously cold.
But to see good art you have to go see it. The internet and photos are okay. But, it is better in person. Much better. You have to stand in front of it. You have to engage it. You have to think. It is not all spoon fed to you with commercial interruptions. (I like creative ads though - some are horrible - I'll do a piece on that later). It is not like a movie with a beginning, middle and end.
That's it! You have to think. It's hard. People don't like to do what is hard. But the good part is maybe you see art and you learn a bit more about society and people. Or maybe it sucks and you say this is a waste of time! Still, you are engaging, thinking, learning. And with some luck maybe you can apply what you learn to make the world a better place.
My art is pretty simple. I think about it a lot. Maybe too much. Then I blow it up.
I think I should blow up my TV! The Packers don't play today.
That would be cool.
Would it be art?
There is a good game on! Right?
Cowpokes at 6:30.
But, I think I'll go see some art.
Then blow something up!
Well, Cowpokes lost.