Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Two Articles

I've been sick for days and am slowly recovering, so I offer for this entry links to a couple of interesting articles which relate to Clutter, Stuff, Accumulation.

This first one, from Art on Paper magazine really tickled me:

"At the time of his death in 1987, Andy Warhol left behind a warehouse full of cardboard boxes that contained the ephemera of his daily life, cleared from his desk on a regular basis from 1974 onward...."

I have boxes like that all over the place. I'm just imagining needing an archivist to deal with them, instead of a Merry Maid.

The second one is from the New York Times of 12/21/06, kind of a defense/rationalization for clutter called Say Yes to Mess.

This article made me remember writing an essay in high school called Creative Clutter: A Mess with Purpose! I think there are good arguments to be made for certain kinds of "mess," but there is a point when clutter becomes dysfunctional and makes life difficult and miserable. That's what I'm trying to deal with here.


Blogger jackie said...

Only Andy could think of desk junk as "ART". Actually, I'm thinking of a show that opened a few months ago which was called "bearing witness" in which 8 artists bore witness to some aspect of their lives. One was an instalation of a poets desk and his journals form about 15 years. So I guess that others think of clutter as art too.
Me? I agree with you that a bit of clutter can be ok, but it can quickly grow and expand and become debilitating.

9:42 AM, December 31, 2006  

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