It occurred to me today that my ‘taste’ in art/poetry/popular culture seems to be most comfortable (stuck?) in the 1970s. My favourite artists and writers were prominent in this period – although some sneak into the 80’s. Its pretty obvious from my tag cloud really.
I wonder if this is because you are most visually influenced in your youth? There are images and events from this era that I can distinctly recall and some were really brought back when I caught a documentary “Jonestown: “The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple” on TV at 2am or thereabouts a few weeks back (don’t you love kids that have you up at that time of night!). It was a very good (if scary) documentary and I remember well the horror of the footage of the aftermath of Jonestown that was on the TV news at the time. Of course I was a little older when that happened, but I also remember watching Norman Kirk’s funeral and seeing the news of Baxter’s death and funeral. TV loomed large back then obviously. I doubt I would have seen much contemporary art or poetry of that time though. So I am thinking I must try harder to see/live in more of the now.
And so maybe its timely that I am again faced with the prospect of moving on. We are now not going to be sucked into what Deborah described in comments as “The Vortex”, as the same job is now to be based near Dunedin! We should know about it within a few weeks. I am trying not to dwell on it too much but I’ve been listing the positives, including this house listing I found where “author Janet Frame lived…as a young child.“.
I also came across this quote today about the area, which is somewhat cheering.
“In 1936, while still a schoolboy, the artist Colin McCahon took part in a family outing, driving from the seaboard over the coastal hills. Looking across the Taieri Plain towards Central Otago he had what he described as a “vision”, seeing a pre-Biblical “landscape of splendour order and peace” — which, he said, it became his life’s work to communicate.” from McCahon, C. (1966) Beginnings, in Landfall 80.