Perspective, method and outcomes

On the way to a plot twist - for me, anyway - Ethan Zuckerman posted a wonderful piece about his encounter with Lightning Field, the large and famous art installation in New Mexico.

He hopes that Cory Doctorow, who is critical of the installation's no-pictures policy - offering that it may just be a ploy to gin post card sales - will visit Walter De Maria's work for its perspective-altering potential.

In some ways, I can’t think of artists I admire who could be more different than Cory Doctorow and Walter De Maria. Cory has built his literary career around the radical idea that by sharing his work as freely as possible, independent of commercial concerns, it will find an audience and support his labors… and he’s proven the thesis correct. De Maria has built pieces of art that are hard to see, hard to understand and that very few people will ever encounter… and he’s proven that there’s something wonderful about that working method as well.

What happened next surprised me.

I stopped at "working methods." Because while I was figuring out how you can "copyright dirt" as it were, (read Ethan's post) my reference changed. Out with the logic. In with the idea that methods can determine outcomes.

Art changes one's perspective. It reminded me, yet again, that great ideas aren't always - maybe even usually - logical products. The great paradox is that bereft of creative human faculties, logic treads an increasingly narrow path. Ultimately, as another well known writer said, there's no there there.

Wayne