Only relatively recently have I begun to appreciate large art installations, thanks largely to MassMoca and Dia Beacon and their enormous galleries. Somehow, I’d had a difficult time getting past the question “So, is someone going to buy this and recreate it in their living room?” which now strikes me as ridiculous, especially as I spend a great deal of time making things which may or may not end up in someone else’s possession.

The Gift, that fantastic manifesto on creativity, changed my outlook completely. Not that I don’t frequently question what I’m doing, but at least I have moments of clarity.

I began thinking about this when I came across (via) these book sculptures by artist Jonathan Callan. I tend to think about it whenever I see contemporary art, especially wildly original contemporary art and imagine someone had this idea and stuck with it, through the doubts and the questions of “You’re working on…what?”

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