This is not what I should be doing now. Friday is around the corner, and I have a big phd presentation to prepare. It is hot, and my brain has given up on trying to make sense of the 'twisted' art it studies. I've been lost in the abstract terrains of the planisherical grid maps and the pointless vanishing point of a great artist who challenged perception and expectations, objects and space. We are in the 60s and the locality of culture becomes increasingly destabilized as the major political and social events challenge boundaries and question the site-specificity of our focus. The media become newer, and change the location of art exhibition. Road trips, which were defined by the beat generation, shape a new kind of viewer who carries around multiple personal visual stimuli and continuously redefines landscape and mass culture; travels provide opportunities for self-consciousness and idiosyncratic behavior and at the same time critical submersion in the collective effect of the already familiar. Perceptual models were challenged, and our position in relation to the canvas of life was shaken. Man walks on the moon and space is not the same. All these we now take for granted; but it took humanity a leap of faith and a dream. And in this journey there was the very best of us, art, to supply us with trust; as art is the very best version of ourselves, we instinctively trust it takes us where we should go, trust it takes care of us. For some mysterious reason, art has no 'other side' that is out of sight even when the illusionistic conventions of perspective leave something to be constructed in our minds; the trust that it is there, and it is how we want it to be, is what makes art a secure place.
This blog is built around the concept of trust. I assume you read my advice on which product does what trusting that what I suggest may not be correct, but it is the outcome of little knowledge and research, and a lot of acceptance: acceptance of my respect for you, acceptance of my mistakes. Trust will be the outcome of allowing your vulnerability to touch my vulnerability; and this is what will keep us both standing. In this secure environment, let's hope we find a shore devoid of defences.