I’m back. Sorry about that. I was busy graduating college and becoming semi-gainfully employed. It was mildly dramatic.
As a welcome back present to myself, I present the latest entry in the series of things that I find offensive.
I give you…Light Reservation!
Context: This art installation is part of an exhibit on the grounds of Cheekwood, the estate that Maxwell House Coffee built in the tony Nashville suburb of Belle Meade, TN. The artist description of this installation is as follows:
Light Reservation is an assembly of tipi-like structures made from spent fluorescent tubes.
“The installation is about my enthusiasm for the imagination; but I also hope that Light Reservation presents people with an opportunity to ponder both the good and bad aspects of our recent history.”
This may be the laziest justification for using politically charged imagery I have ever heard. You (you being Mr. Munro here) built tipis out of florescent lights because they look cool and then decided to use the word “Reservation” to describe them (because they are behind a fence, maybe?). You realize that this is potentially offensive and try to head off criticism by encouraging viewers to ponder “the good and bad aspects of our recent history”?
The Good and Bad Aspects of Recent* History: A Pondering
Good: America is post-racial because Obama and mixed babies. Amazon Prime.
Mixed: Social media. Sexting. No more green ketchup.
*Please note that Mr. Munro does not specify what period of recent history he is referring to, and therefore I have chosen to interpret the recommended timeframe as the last six and a half years.
Yeah, I’m done.