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Pair-shaped, part IV – On paradox

February 24, 2014

In the wake of some frustrating interactions with shoppers (BTW, if you’re choosing a lamp based on the length of the damn cord, don’t bother me; ditto if you just want a lamp cheap), I’ve been pondering a couple of things:

  • What gives a thing its value? The external components? The inner workings? The sum of its parts? Or some intangible, elusive, and entirely subjective quality that will be quantified differently by each person who interacts with the object?
  • Is used/old more precious (vintage) or less (trash)? If new is housed within old, is a thing fresh or aged? Which is better? Does it matter? And if so, why?
  • Can an object be more than one thing at a time, as a person can? Can it be, say, new and old, trash and treasure, functional and silly, elegant and funky, all at once?

The answer to the third question is, of course, HELL YES! And it’s my aim to prove it with everything I make – though I know I often, inevitably, fall short.

The first two questions are, since I try to sell my stuff, the rub. But ultimately my pieces have to stand on their own. So I’m adopting a feline attitude going forward, as exemplified by this lyric, from Lady and the Tramp:

We are Siamese if you please.
We are Siamese if you don’t please.

And to prove it, here are a final pair of lamps, which are making their debut at the 4th Annual Albany Film Festival Gala this Friday night.

Siamese If You Please

Siamese If You Please
candlestick, bicycle gear, and hubcap lamps

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