5.05.2009

Collaboratus- Tyler Keeler

col·lab·o·rate
Pronunciation:
\kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt\
Function:
intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
col·lab·o·rat·ed; col·lab·o·rat·ing
Etymology:
Late Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare to labor together, from Latin com- + laborare to labor — more at labor
Date:
1871
1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor
2 : to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one's country and especially an occupying force
3 : to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected
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I"ve taken a recent liking to Chuck Close's work. I'm a big fan of Philip Glass, Richard Serra, and Chuck Close, independently, and have recently seen a fabulous documentary on Philip Glass (that you can see part of here. Support your local PBS) that spanned their relationship with one another and their art's relative connectivity. They are the modern equivalent of the Picasso-Matisse square that was often influenced and in direct competition with their other companions- Degas, Rodin, and a host of contemporaries.


Whilst I certainly don't feel as though Close, Glass, and Serra were in direct competition as they are all masters in separate fields, I, luckily, also don't feel as though I'm in competition with my artist friends- though there is a sort of camaraderie and playfulness that enters any two artist's relationships with one another. It is the nature of the art to be inspired by those you admire.


So, to honor our relationship and to honor the relationship of the artists whom have shaped our world: Glass, Serra, Close, Matisse, Picasso, and many more whom have struck long term relationships (this occurs a lot in writer-land: Dickinson and Wordsworth, Whitman and Emerson.) I wanted to explore this myself.





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