But there is another reason I might consider renaming the Board. Don't we often say, when gazing at a gorgeous piece of artwork, "It speaks to me!" Can't art be a conversation, if one defines art as "a statement that an artist intentionally makes, in an original / unique way", or "a way that an artist expresses (tells about) himself"? I am wondering out loud here, realizing that these definitions would depend upon the intention of the artist, and his art process. I also see that a statement is not the same as a two-way conversation. However, art is meant to be experienced, and interacted with, so, I am theorizing that our response to an art statement constitutes at least the beginnings of a conversation.
At first glance I thought it to be an original image created upon some unusual contemporary ground, perhaps an etching on aluminum. But no, it is a photo: the Whirlpool Cloud, a photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video. It is a favorite image, emoting chaos in motion and gentle sensitivity, all at once. It makes me think of God's holiness: wrath tempered by mercy.
To continue my bloggish question above, is this image a conversation? And to take it one step further, if the art we are conversing with is "found art", then who are we conversing with? For pondering this question, here is another abstract black and white artwork:
|A Montage of Wind Activity in America on July 28, 2012, by Lorie Klahn|
For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,and declares to man what is his thought,who makes the morning darkness,and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?