I love new… new foods, new versions of a song, new artwork, new ways of thinking, hearing, and seeing. My favourite floor at the Seattle Art Museum was the floor exhibiting Modern Art. It was always exciting to see what new approaches an artist had taken to express an idea.
‘New’ reminds me of two things. One, that nothing is set in stone, and that we all have our own way of interpreting and expressing what is around us. And two, that a good subject is always a good subject however different the new ‘spin’ on it.
“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen has been covered by many, many different artists but this is neat one, four guys, one of whom, Norwegian Kurt Nilsen, is a World Idol winner. It’s neat because of the casual, intimacy of the setting and because it it comes from four guys in a country that I don’t think much about when it comes to music and art. It is easy to live in a creative cocoon unaware of the heroes writing, singing and creating in the rest of the world. It’s also neat because it illustrates how a good song has a life and energy of it’s own outside of the original creator. Like the Energizer Bunny, it just keeps going and going.
Good art is the same. A landscape, a still life, a portrait, an abstract painting… all subjects painted by artists throughout the world. Hallelujah for the ability of modern technology to transport me across the globe to see a familiar song with a fresh approach. It doesn’t really matter how we travel as long as we do.
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