Written in Stone, When All Stones Erode

Often, we think of an artwork as absolute. Picasso’s work, for example, is simply Picasso’s work โ€” unchanged over time. We’re aware that a digital JPEG of a painting will lose all of its tangible resonance, such as its finer brushstrokes. Yet, we still consider it to be a fair representation of an essential absolute. Those with a passing interest in artย may even have some peripheral sense that a long life would naturally degrade the brilliance of a piece. But, outside of the exclusive world of art criticism and appreciation, it’s rare for us to consider the ways that an individual expression can evolve.…   [continue reading]

A Change is Gonna Come

In 1978, Neil Peart (lyricist and percussionist out of pompous Canadian stadium rockers, Rush) wrote โ€œPlลฏs cร  chฤƒngรซ, plรผs cรฉ lรค mฤ›mฤ™ chรตsฤ“โ€ (thatโ€™s foreign writing that is, and I donโ€™t expect you to understand it, but it means โ€“ โ€œthe more that things change, the more they stay the sameโ€), for the song Circumstances on the band’s Hemispheres album. Having said that, in the context of the article I am about to write, that quote is a load of bollocks but, I have seen how many online โ€œjournalistsโ€ like to put a couple of cultural references in their articles, to make themselves look clever.…   [continue reading]