Brilliant Work of Modern Art, or Actual Garbage?

In an alley the other day I found the above. Total Work of Art, or Obvious Garbage?? You be the judge!

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John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    Yeah, who DO you hang out in alleys?

    I would never of recognize the scruffy, Clark Kent version of you had we met on the street. Or alley for that matter.

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    Yeah, who DO you hang out in alleys?

    I would never of recognize the scruffy, Clark Kent version of you had we met on the street. Or alley for that matter.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I like alleys. Not quite streets. Not quite backyards. Not quite commerical propery. Not quite … unincorporated nowheres. Alleys are just the sort of … limbo-environs I like. People PUT stuff in alleys, and I'm basically a … looker at stuff.

    Really, it's just sad.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I like alleys. Not quite streets. Not quite backyards. Not quite commerical propery. Not quite … unincorporated nowheres. Alleys are just the sort of … limbo-environs I like. People PUT stuff in alleys, and I'm basically a … looker at stuff.

    Really, it's just sad.

  • Ellen Gomez

    Okay, I'll bite! What the heck IS it?? Or…WAS it?

  • http://theblondephotographer.com the blonde photograp

    that's my 3rd grade solar system project!!

  • http://theblondephotographer.com the blonde photograp

    that's my 3rd grade solar system project!!

  • http://fvthinker.blogspot.com Mike (FVThinker) Bur

    There is actually a correct answer to your question. It is art if you say it is art.

    I recently heard on public radio (an awesome information resource…you should all subscribe and listen) about someone that literally took dumpster garbage and compressed it into cubes and sold it as art. It was not really artistic expression, but he was curious as to people's reaction. He started selling them at $5 and did, indeed, sell some. He then raised the price to $10 and …. wait for it…sold MORE of them. He kept raising the price and the sales kept increasing. My recollection is that he stopped at $100/cube. Read into that what you like.

    So your alley discovery???…It is art if you say it is. How much do you want for it?

  • http://fvthinker.blogspot.com Mike (FVThinker) Bur

    There is actually a correct answer to your question. It is art if you say it is art.

    I recently heard on public radio (an awesome information resource…you should all subscribe and listen) about someone that literally took dumpster garbage and compressed it into cubes and sold it as art. It was not really artistic expression, but he was curious as to people's reaction. He started selling them at $5 and did, indeed, sell some. He then raised the price to $10 and …. wait for it…sold MORE of them. He kept raising the price and the sales kept increasing. My recollection is that he stopped at $100/cube. Read into that what you like.

    So your alley discovery???…It is art if you say it is. How much do you want for it?

  • Candace

    Obvious garbage. Because I say so :-)

    Still, the whole "charge more to sell more" thing is true. They've done actual studies.

    I read into it that PT Barnum was right.

    Candace

    (Who is visiting her mom on the coast of Oregon, perhaps for the last time thanks to the fact that flying now officially sucks too much to wanna do any more of it. Ever. And this is BEFORE the new scanner thingy where any TSA dipwad will be able to see under my clothing.)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Ellen: It's art. No, it's garbage. I mean it's art. It's … artsy garbage.

    Blonde Photographer: Yes, it is your third grade solar system project. And your mom traded it to me for a CORNDOG. You should probably talk to her about that.

    Mike: $100, and it's yours.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Ellen: It's art. No, it's garbage. I mean it's art. It's … artsy garbage.

    Blonde Photographer: Yes, it is your third grade solar system project. And your mom traded it to me for a CORNDOG. You should probably talk to her about that.

    Mike: $100, and it's yours.

  • http://edtajchman.wordpress.com/ Ed

    I almost like it, but if you look close the black looks too much like pooh, …otherwise I would have said it was art. But now it's nothing. NOTHING I say, okay it's art.

  • Judy

    Modern garbage. Don’t take it home, John. I’m pretty sure a dog’s lifted its leg on it. Look, but don’t touch!

  • Judy

    Modern garbage. Don’t take it home, John. I’m pretty sure a dog’s lifted its leg on it. Look, but don’t touch!

  • Penlee

    My cat Sammy would just love that to play with now I have confined him to indoors!

  • Penlee

    My cat Sammy would just love that to play with now I have confined him to indoors!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    “Modern garbage.” I love it.

    And, Penlee, it DOES seem like something a cat would like. Or create, actually.

    So it’s art again!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    And can I just say, by the way, that I’m shocked–SHOCKED, I say–to see how many of you thought it would be funny to select as your answer the one that asks why I spend so much time hanging around in alleys anyway.

    Man. Give you people an INCH …!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    And can I just say, by the way, that I’m shocked–SHOCKED, I say–to see how many of you thought it would be funny to select as your answer the one that asks why I spend so much time hanging around in alleys anyway.

    Man. Give you people an INCH …!

  • michaelpopovici

    I have a hard time calling it art because it wasn't deliberately created as art. I think that's my definition of art. Someone's deliberate expression. Is it aesthetically pleasing and would I hang it on my wall? Yes, and I might even still call it art despite it not being the definition of art.. Cool picture…

  • michaelpopovici

    I have a hard time calling it art because it wasn't deliberately created as art. I think that's my definition of art. Someone's deliberate expression. Is it aesthetically pleasing and would I hang it on my wall? Yes, and I might even still call it art despite it not being the definition of art.. Cool picture…

  • http://theblondephotographer.com the blonde photograp

    my mom and her corndogs…works every time!

  • http://theblondephotographer.com the blonde photograp

    my mom and her corndogs…works every time!


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