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September 02, 2006


John Davies

I once did a placement in the chaplaincy of Britain's highest-security prison and these sorts of questions exercised the minds and hearts of the chaplians every single day. Hannah Arendt wrote of the banality of evil (Nazi atrocities as an absence of sound thinking and judgement). Which is a helpful concept keeping the door open for the renewal of minds and hearts which your picture suggests to you. However in the chaplaincy we were also very aware of the clarity of evil in the minds of some of the inmates who had done what to us were terrible things but to them, with a very different but very clear (and deeply thought-through) worldview, made perfect sense. That sort of evil, minds and hearts set on its awful course, seems harder to redeem.

Dana Ames

Thank you, Kester and John. I am sometimes troubled by similar thoughts, particularly when I hear music by Tchaikovsky, who, I found out a few years ago, was a pedophile.



The picture has its problems. There is an annoying disparity with line wieghting and, to a lesser extent, tinting. It is this that makes it ask for a second look, I suppose. Unharmonious it is, but with a seeming attempt to be an harmonious (beautiful?) representation of bits of London. Typical, maybe, of Outsider Art. Outisder Art by an Insider.

Nice choice K.


Plus it's a crap photo ;-)

I'll get you round the gallery some time.

Ryan Smith

I did a series with some students last year, asking them if the personal life of an artist/musician influenced the way that they thought about the piece. In my mind, music is melodic because of math, math which God created. The character of the artist has no control over the math of God, nor over the chemical reaction stimulated in my mind by tiny hairs shaking in my ears, thus allowing me to worship the creator of math, and music, and tiny hairs.
There were some students however, and leaders, who couldn't. They stated that the character of the artist/musician could cause them to enjoy art/music more, or less, even stating that they would no longer find a painting beautiful that was created by a pedophile.


LOL. How about a Bible translation done by a kiddy-fiddler?

Did you mention that the cochlea spirals into infinity... proof that such a thing can exist in realtime. The infinate in the inner ear... God in sound... is that why God created the universe thru spoken sound?

Also, what isnt created by a peedo, homo or liberal these days? Theres no where decent people like me can appreciate real bee-ooty no more, except in the fine craftsmanship on my shotgun ;)

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