Monthly Archives: April 2017

I got metaphorically spanked a couple of days ago. Folks have been talking about the Fearless Girl statue ever since it was dropped in Manhattan’s Financial District some five weeks ago.I have occasionally added a comment or two to some of the online discussions about the statue.

Recently most of the Fearless Girldiscussions have focused on the complaints by Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who createdCharging Bull. He wantsFearless Girl removed, and that boy is taking a metric ton of shit for saying that. Here’s what I said that got me spanked:

The guy has a point.

This happened in maybe three different discussions over the last week or so. In each case I explained briefly why I believe Di Modica has a point (and I’ll explain it again in a bit), and for the most part folks either accepted my comments or ignored them. Which…

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Ruth Catchen Reach for the Stars!

What is art?  
How do you define it?  Can you define it?  
Is there art everywhere?

This question is one I ponder often, and recently, more so as I was on the thesis committee for a graduate student seeking a terminal degree in digital/generative art. During her thesis defense, one of the faculty members put out this question (IS IT ART?) and that surprised me. After all, the thesis topic already met faculty approval. I was a guest on the panel having worked with the student on her project and resulting thesis.

The project used art as a tool for students to express themselves and, at the same time, learn an important language for the future – coding. The end result was “art.”  Both the graduate student and I accepted this as the premise. The project was multi-faceted because, although the students were very young, they…

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