Friday, January 22, 2016

WHERE CHANCE MEETS NECESSITY: THE BOXES OF JOSEPH CORNELL




This week's arts and culture is on the fascinating NY artist, Joseph Cornell.

The piece begins like this:

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was eccentric and reclusive and went about NYC and environs collecting little bits and pieces of things: shells, old diaries, album covers. He felt there were certain objects that belonged together that had been separated, possibly by decades, and made otherworldly, magical assemblage boxes that purported to reunite them.

This idea of making connections, of reuniting things that have been lost or separated from each other is dear to the heart of a follower of the Gospels.

In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, Jesus says, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the 99 in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep’” (Luke 15: 4-6).



READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.


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