Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rauschenberg Revisited

My friend Jewel is a photographer. She's got a show of her work in NYC. The images she presents are of current pop culture which reminds me of the great Robert Rauschenberg's "combines".
"....Apropos of Mr. Rauschenberg, Cage once said, “Beauty is now underfoot wherever we take the trouble to look.” Cage meant that people had come to see, through Mr. Rauschenberg’s efforts, not just that anything, including junk on the street, could be the stuff of art (this wasn’t itself new), but that it could be the stuff of an art aspiring to be beautiful — that there was a potential poetics even in consumer glut, which Mr. Rauschenberg celebrated."