My Struggle

413305TSV_smWhy function?  Its curious to me that the norm puts so much emphasis on usefulness but yet at the same glorifies beauty.  If an item is very beautiful, such as a piece of art, but does not serve a greater function ,than simply looks, the average Joe probably will not attempt to buy it for $1500.  Yet at the same time if there is a very beautiful TV stand up for grabs for only $1500 the same Joe might think a bit differently about his decision.

Even to me, an artist, the latter seems like a more appealing buy at first glance.  It never originally occurs to anyone that if you find an original piece of art that you genuinely like you can experience it as many times as you wish but you really cannot experience functional objects in the same way because they lose their sanctity somehow.  How can seemingly functionless art overcome functional America?

Here’s another artform lost in a similar kind of dilemma

the Slant Step


What is it? Or rather what is its function?  At first glance this object doesn’t mystify or make us ask any questions.  Only the patient observer that gives this object a moment of attention will notice that this object is functionless but yet it still exists.

This object was discovered by Bruce Nauman in a junk yard.  It looked like a stool but it wasn’t a stool because it was slanted and your feet would slide off if used as an extra step.  Thus the name “Slant Step” was given to the object.  The first time I ever read about the Slant Step I thought “Who cares, it’s a piece of garbage, obviously some one was smart enough to throw it away.” But the more I thought about it I found that I was very much attracted to objects like this, objects that appeared functional but are really functionless.  What is attractive about these objects is that their complete and udder purpose is to make us wonder why it is even here. The object is void of any useful purpose and thus is judged as garbage or a waste of breathe.  So in comparison with the Slant Step, you could ask “Why are we here? Why do we exist?”  The slant step is as pointless and backwards as humans are, yet we have a right to exist and we do.  Maybe that’s what the Slant Step is trying to tell us.