Saturday, May 09, 2009

Priorities


For a long time I viewed myself as a retiree, learning to be a potter, making a few things that, to my eye, had some value. You might get some idea of what I think about art by looking at a personal site I have maintained, but not updated recently. In the last few years, I have become an internet political activist who thinks about pottery.

This week, I had the notification of an exhibit of pottery by Lee Love being held at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. Lee is one of 6 McNight Fellowship artists involved in the show. He was also a very early member of the Green Party in Minnesota, spent a long period living and working in Mashiko, Japan and has recently returned to Minneapolis.

For his part in the Show, Love chose 55 tea bowls. You can view them all here. I sat and went through them several times with my wife last night. It was one of the best internet art viewing experiences I have had recently.

It is also the reason that I must re-order my own priorities to spend more time in the studio and less time at the terminal.



1 comment:

Dee said...

Thank you for the link and also for the reflection. I am finding that, as I become older and am nearing the half century mark (in about 70 days!) I am re prioritizing things myself. In recent years Tom and I have been the "glue" that has held things together in our activist community, putting off personal things we've been wanting to do. So this year we finally have stepped down from most activist activities and are re vamping our property and taking care of our personal things put off for so long. We have requested that other folks pick up where we left off, hoping for the best. (You can see our personal page here. Again, thank you for affirming for me that it's "o.k." to do this!