Photographs of Paperclips
February 24, 2012 4:36 PM   Subscribe

Boy, there sure are some narrow-interest blogs out there, ain't they?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:42 PM on February 24, 2012

Well don't get all bent out of shape about it.
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:42 PM on February 24, 2012 [6 favorites]

Best of the web.
posted by june made him a gemini at 4:47 PM on February 24, 2012

15 yard penalty... clipping...
posted by evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight at 4:55 PM on February 24, 2012

Honestly, though, this is why I love the Internet: It doesn't have to be obvious, or popular, or easy. It just has to be conceivable within the human mind and bam, there it is, somewhere.

I don't really care about this blog. But I am thrilled and excited and proud as hell that I live in a world where it exists.
posted by Tomorrowful at 4:57 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Its a boring, pointless idea and its not even decent photography.
posted by blaneyphoto at 5:04 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'm... not sure what I expected.
posted by fifthrider at 5:04 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Sorry . I gotta go with Snowshoe Guy.
posted by SLC Mom at 5:29 PM on February 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

Missed one.
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:16 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Hey look, Bert went to art school.
posted by dr. boludo at 6:20 PM on February 24, 2012

Well. That is certainly a thing that exists.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:22 PM on February 24, 2012

@Chocolate Pickle

posted by littlesq at 6:27 PM on February 24, 2012

It looks like you're exploring a new city.
Would you like help?
posted by Flashman at 6:36 PM on February 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

Wished I'd thought of this first, I do.
posted by newdaddy at 6:43 PM on February 24, 2012

Having left the city more than four years ago, I wasn't at all surprised to find that paperclips are still more interesting than anything else in Perth
posted by bunglin jones at 9:18 PM on February 24, 2012

If you can find better paperclip art on the Immense Internet, I would be surprised. Considering the ubiquity of these implements in our lives, the guy has fulfilled his destiny, as far as I am concerned.
posted by kozad at 9:49 PM on February 24, 2012

I'm just finishing Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, so this means something else to me right now.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 1:27 AM on February 25, 2012

I'll pass this on to my Melbourne living Aussie friend... he's always tell me how interesting Perth is.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:55 AM on February 25, 2012

I thought his Vancouver series was better than the current Perth series. You can see a progression of artistic development in the 76 paperclips of the Vancouver series. The first paperclip is, of course just a paperclip; a simple expression of a new medium. The next bunch are hesitant beginnings in the new medium. To my eye the first really new creation doesn't appear until the tenth paperclip.

Often artistic innovations are ridiculed for being either outrageous or banal. But influential trends in Art don't come from some kind of one-off trick pony but rather from the communication of a general process which leads to new expressions.

For this reason it is important to consider some of the later paperclips in this series of photographs of paperclips within the context of the natural historical development of the artistic process.

We see that in some way there is a duplication of the usual academic notion of the history of artistic development. It begins with tracings of crude geometric forms. Then there are attempted depictions of animal forms. Some mysterious religious symbolism follows, and eventually an exploration of perspective. This part of the process creates object definition.

After object definition, the artistic development process typically produces a reflexive loop of self-examination. This is clear in Paperclip 25 and Paperclip 26 which, in their adjacent sequencing, clearly portray a tumultuous internal dialectic for an artist grappling with the novel socioeconomic realities of a new art form. By Paperclip 28 the evident frustration of the artist is expressed within the metaphor of a paperclip in jail. Paperclip 30 displays the ultimate downward spiral of the artist - tormented by self-doubt and conflict over the meaning of a new way of conceptualizing the world.

The artistic process typically continues with an opposing cycle of redemption and hope, and this too is evident from an analysis of the paperclip photographs.

By Paperclip 36 the artist has turned thoughts toward Love. Perhaps a courtly Love, perhaps a supernatural Love of God; it matters not. The artist's soul is on the upswing, and by Paperclip 38 is ready to escape.

In Paperclip 44 the artist has moved to the next level of abstraction, and has begun to explore the relationship between the canvas and the thing depicted on the canvas. Which is the image? What is it an image of? The uncertainty of the ultimate reality of one's own perception produces another cycle of despair as the artist wonders "am I alone?", "am I the only one perceiving what I am perceiving?" Paperclip 45 neatly symbolizes this particular epistemological step.

This is the point where many artists go crazy. The stereotype of the impoverished half-insane starving artist pursuing a vision no one else shares could hardly be better expressed than in Paperclip 46. Any true artist - any person truly exploring the potentials of a new medium - who has made it this far and continues on has made it more than half way.

The next phases in the artistic development process expresses increasing levels of psychological depth and spiritual nuance. The bow and arrow are not to be interpreted literally as weapons... they stand for the trajectory of consciousness as it arcs between subject and object, attempting to express its Heart Nature.

The last phase of the artistic development process happens when the artist returns from The Edge and brings the totality of the experience into an Earthly and Otherworldly embrace.

Also, if you unbend some of the paperclips you can use them to hold sheets of paper together.
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:52 AM on February 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

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