Here we have an interesting kind of hoarding: bankers, bailouts and all those bucks.
In an odd sort of way, I don’t see the value in this kind of collecting because it’s not being used to better the world or to create something beautiful.
When you think about it, that’s a lot of paper!
There are so many nice things you can do with paper….
Robin Black writes about her house being suggested for a TV makeover by her disapproving neighbors in the Lives column, also in this week’s New York Times Magazine. She describes the range of emotions that swept her from embarrassment to an almost giddy optimism about the prospect of having her house, and her life, transformed on TV, and ultimately the disappointment of being rejected by the producers, in favor of another house with a shabbier facade.
I’ve been thinking lately about a beautiful series of watercolor paintings on paper my father, Sheldon Helfman, has been working on for an upcoming show: http://www.sheldonhelfman.com.
My dad revels in seedy facades.
He likes rust and stains,
and peeling paint,
and urban grime and decay,
and handyman solutions for things that need repair.
He can find beauty in the most common vernacular,
which I think is truly a gift.
It’s very possible my father would find beauty in Robin’s house just as it is, so I hope she takes heart.
My vernacular this week is yet another black New York Times Magazine cover, this one from Jan. 3rd. Here is my attempt at inventing beauty.