Art in Entropy


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March 30, 2010
By Ryan

I recently spent a wonderful morning picking avocados in an aunt’s backyard, under a tree humming with bees. The moment was so full of life, but some of the more weather-worn and, well, dying items rusting or flaking around her property caught my eye.

The same thing happened on a January trip to the beach. I was surrounded by motion and life, but the hole-riddled, sanded-down bits of flotsam drew my attention.

What is so appealing about decay? Does it strip away syrupy sentiment to create something truly real and interesting? I would not have been so interested in the cutesy goose at the top of this post, for instance, if it had been shiny and intact.



Not one to unduly dwell on the morbid, I choose to think of my fascination with such crumbling and cracking as an admiration for transformation. Yes, the objects of my attention are deteriorating, but they are also becoming something new, something shaped by external forces to be different from the whole—or the perceived whole—they once were. The results are often unexpected, and sometimes completely surprising.

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