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Everyone wants a piece of the Great Salt Lake (Erica Elliott)

October 14, 2009

I’m going to invoke my privilege as an auditor and eschew the opportunity to blog this evening, but I thought you might be interested in this article which suggests that there might be a conflict between appreciating land art and drilling oil at the Great Salt Lake.

Or perhaps you feel like you can’t read another word (which is reasonable, given your workload) and you’d rather look at this slideshow of Spiral Jetty (which Williams mentions in her ending “note to the reader”).

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  1. kmckimps permalink
    October 18, 2009 7:06 pm

    Reading the article, I must say it seems a failure of rhetoric. Trying to save art by arguing “ars gratis artis” to the inductrial mind is a failure of identification. Neither side agrees with the other, and I suspect the aesthetic side will lose.

    What interests me in the article is that I see an implied anxiety of identification towards the drilling, that by being present in the background in some manner (sight or sound) the audience will identify the drilling as part of the art’s natural presentation. A worry that industry would become part of the natural and cross that ideological (if never actually existing) line between nature and man.

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