I saw this piece at a once a year Craft Fair in Matsumoto, Nagano.
The event is a pretty big deal with really good artists from around Japan being invited.
It was tucked inside a little stall among hundreds of other little stalls showing and selling wares: wax work, leatherwork, woodwork, glasswork, metalwork, ceramic work, …
This was the best thing I saw this weekend. I would have bought it, but it was 200,000 yen (about $2.000 plus U.S. dollars).
I wondered why I liked it so much:
-It was strange and funky and funny and odd.
-It was hiding behind the artist’s other stuff that was more accessible and within the average person’s price range: coat hooks, spoons, …
-It was sitting there begging to be looked at .. and being ignored.
I notice stuff like that sometimes.
I went back to this piece 2 days in a row … 2 times each day and even got the artist’s webpage address.
And then I realized I liked it because of what it represented … in a silly sort of way that I could I understand:
reaching, striving, yearning, and trying to obtain a goal.
I don’t have too many goals in life, but this was a metaphor … or metalphor …that I could appreciate.
If I was an artist, I would create stuff like this … because then I could have it, think about it, and keep it close by forever … or until I pass on my little space on this planet to someone else … or sell it and make some more.
note: here is another photo of it.
double note: from the artist’s link it was made in 2006 and no one’s bought it yet; I may still buy it … if I reach, strive, yearn, and try a bit more than I am right now … or a bucket of money falls in my lap.
I’m reaching, striving, yearning, and trying for that big bucket of money falling in my lap … because that’s easier.
triple note: I think I put on sappy blogs after a holiday: holidays make me sappy … I guess. Go figure.
quadruple note: possibly there are blogs about a Craft Fair, cactuses (cacti), dogs, fashion, signs, mannequins, and visored people coming on in the near future.
… and other crap as usual.