I hesitated a bit when creating this comic yesterday and again now as I am about to post it. I fluctuate between feeling a bit strange and even inappropriate for even thinking of it to feeling like it’s absolutely okay. I’m leaning towards okay, so here goes.
Yesterday, my mom discovered she has a tumor in her bladder. She was able to see it on ‘tv’ at the doctors office and described it to me as this little coral reef looking thing. Her sense of humor really came through as she broke the crappy news to me. We’ve been joking about it, imagining wee fish swimming around, kayaks, etc. We’ve debated on names but can’t figure out if it’s a girl or a boy. She made it sound so cute and made her bladder sound so damn visually intriguing that I wished I had taken some video to pop up on YouTube or something.
When I finally sat down to work on the comic, I could think of nothing but the coral-like bugger. As much as I told myself that it was not a subject to write a haiku comic about and that it was too personal, it just wouldn’t go away until I did. I figured I could always opt to not post it and skip this week if need be. But, since my mom doesn’t mind (she laughed and called me nuts), I guess it’s okay to play with her tumor…just this once…so long as I wash my hands.
Okay, now for something really exciting. I’ve recently fallen madly in love with the kinetic art of Arthur Ganson! His work is moving in a way that is hard to explain. Mechanical parts like hand-made gears revolving and bits of metal clicking against one another might not sound particularly beautiful but in Ganson’s hands these cold pieces of metal seem to conspire, to feel and to have this organic life-creating purpose. Like I said, it’s hard to explain.
Watch the video of Machine and Artichoke Leaf No. 1 and when that little withered artichoke leaf appears on screen, see if you don’t feel something resonate deep within you. See if you don’t find yourself projecting emotions on to the leaf as well. Defeat? Determination? I think what makes art great is the power to invoke emotion. To stir our insides up a bit by merely glancing at something…well, that’s pretty powerful stuff in my opinion.
A few other Arthur Ganson favorites of mine are –
Machine with Abandoned Doll – Arthur Ganson
Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper – Arthur Ganson
Machine with Eggshells – Arthur Ganson
Honestly, every one of his kinetic sculptures leaves me feeling rather enchanted. You can watch all the videos of his work on his dreamingmachines channel on YouTube. If you are really lucky, perhaps you’ll catch Arthur Ganson’s work live at an upcoming exhibition.
That’s all for now. I really hope you check out those Ganson videos and enjoy them as much as I did.