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Performance art

March 17, 2012

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To the editor:

I wish to announce the upcoming season of a production of what I consider to be an important work of art.

It draws attention to modern noisy and smelly and ultimately planet-destroying practices of cutting grass by using a simple push mower pushed back and forth and, on alternate weeks, pushed forth and back.

No fossil fuels will be harmed in the production of this artistic endeavor, but I sincerely regret that some chickens will have been inhumanely treated to fuel the artist. But not enough to stop eating them.

I hope the Academy will not take this too seriously in evaluating my artistic work for the recognition it truly deserves.

Also, to whom it may concern, please consider this my grant application. I did not realize that funding might be available for my art — this piece which I have been performing for many years now without an audience and which I now invite to come by and view.

Audience members will be encouraged to take a push themselves on the old mower and bond with the artist, although I am aware this will be considered by some to be somewhat derivative. Apologies, Mr. Twain.

I have another tool of art in my garage that I have done some very expressive work with in my yard  — also for free. It is called a spade.

Comments

Liberty275 2 years, 1 month ago

I have 1/3rd acre in town and an 11 HP rider with a 40" deck to keep it cut. I Cut both my neighbors' front yards so I have some place to turn around. I'm proud to be part of your upcoming "season". Break a leg!

But I don't want to see the chicken thing. Let me know where and when that is so I can be somewhere else. Harming a defenseless animal is about as close to offensive as a thing can be to me.

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 1 month ago

Almost as good as Preventative Golf.

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beatrice 2 years, 1 month ago

Clever, and a worthy counterpart to the art of power mowing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7um9y...

Don't forget, if you package the clippings, they too can be a commodity, a further record of the performance.

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christy kennedy 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey Bert, Please consider a performance in our yard, which we intend to make available to artists at least once a week. We're taking applications but I would put you at the top of the list.

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thuja 2 years, 1 month ago

You could make more money if you had your friends make a movie of you while you do your art, and then sell it. Then you might not need the grant, and your true inner artist could flow unhindered by politics.

But something tells me that actually you are more a politician who "understands" art by misunderstanding it. A new and fresh movement for 2012 could be developing.

As an artist, you should explore this matter. Good luck!

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