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[24 Oct 2000|12:08pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

Jeepers. It's been almost a week since I deposited my check, and it just cleared today. Finally! Food!

Too bad I'm held hostage by the lack of hot water (or heat) in the apartment...oh well. More time to slack...

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Musing [24 Oct 2000|02:03pm]
[ mood | Bitter? ]

So as I sit here, thoughtfully munching squid from my Chow Keow Teoh (sp?), I start to think about the perpetual battle over the age-old question:

what is art?

It's been brought up again, more or less, by ana's proposition to trade a year's worth of art for money. There seems to be a great deal of controversy over this, as if the concept of an artist charging for her work is entirely foreign. It's not as if one can wander into a gallery and pluck a painting off a wall and take it home for free. So the main question is, is this art?

Let's go to the dictionary, shall we?

Main Entry: 2art
Pronunciation: '�rt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin art-, ars --
(skipping down a bit)
4 a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also : works so produced

Now I have a friend, a working and showing artist, who prices his polaroids at around 400/each. His integrity is not challenged, nor is he asked what he's planning to use the money for.

If you don't want to support an artist, don't. That's the beauty of choice. Attacking someone for their chosen medium is pointless. Imagine if you came into work one day and were told you you'd no longer get paid, because someone decided that Java coding/phone answering/bean counting was a nice pursuit, but not worth money.

A true artist puts thought into everything he/she does, and despite the cost of the endeavor, that alone is worth something.

(and on a side note, I wonder what crap some of those naysayers have tried to bum off on ebay to finance their drinking problems/mistresses/etc)

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Brr. [24 Oct 2000|10:25pm]
[ mood | dirty ]

Still no heat, no hot water. It's been over 24 hours. I can't shower. Can't do dishes. It's cold in here, and Michael's sick already. Grr.

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