Looking back over the storied history of this blog, I’ve run across a few crafty creations that I may have judged too harshly. Not only might these items not be Wretched, but they may actually be quite good! Creative and engaging, even! Imagine that.
It’s actually this object that brings me before you today, a penitent soul who’s questioning her capacity for incisive art criticism. After dismissing it as yucky, I’ve found myself thinking about it several times over the weeks — not always a sign of good art, but close. It helped that Dana Forlano stepped up with a dissent in the comments, prompting me to reconsider my take.
My problem with this was the rather stale — I thought — Disney cuteness of the bunny, which seemed an inadequate symbol of the massive, chaotic force that is Nature; also, it was kitschy. On second thought, though, the bunny seems to represent precisely our inability to fully relate to, or even envision, the complexity of the environment we’re in the process of ruining. Maybe Deininger is saying that our Disney-fied view of nature undercuts our best efforts to protect it.
In short: Nice work, Tom! Sorry about before.
Onward to this Altoids-tin advent calendar.
I was way too harsh toward this. Sure, the colors are weird, as is the placement, but the basic idea could work with a few tweaks. And it’s very well-executed. It didn’t deserve to be included with the truly Wretched projects in the Ugly Altoids Game.
And last but certainly not least (if you know what I mean, and what I mean is that she has to be at least a DD cup, Holy Moly) is this rubber tire vest.
I actually think this looks quite cool; I just put it up because I wanted to make fun of the maker’s name: “KrakenWhip.” (Hahaha! Still funny!) And to show some boobies.
So there it is. What do you think, folks? Too nice? Too harsh? Too much cleavage?