“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four.
The summer always delivers objects slowly swallowed by asphalt, particularly at road repair sites or insertions of some kind, like manholes. An object is dropped and forgotten. It moves through the environment until it is snagged by something, often sticky tar at the edge of a blacktop repair. A pair of sunglasses, a little girl’s plastic barrette, or almost anything acquires a narrative potential, maybe even poignancy, as it sinks into the road surface.
If we define beauty, in part, by something’s ability to compel an emotional response, resonate with wide-ranging meanings, then the bleakness of blacktop in summer is beautiful indeed.
Couldn't agree more. Look long enough at things that are ugly, and there is beauty to be seen. These compositions are like the slow melding of found objects, processed and re-processed prehistoric hydrocarbons, and the crust of earth to create an amalgam of time, man's production and entropy.
Comment by Dave on January 20, 2012 @ 10:15 am