Ya gotta love a guy who can judge the State Fair Fine Arts show and come out quoting Kierkegaard. That would be photographer-about-town Sean Smuda (above with horizontal corn) who blinked through more than 700 photos submitted for this year’s centennial exhibit. On his MNartists.org blog he rants about the vertigo induced by having to judge stuff at the rate of “1.6-works-per-minute” and praises the art show’s new superintendent, Jim Clark, for his stellar job of hanging the art.
And to those who didn’t make the cut, he has some smart advice: “Rather than insult the competence of the judges, I would encourage a Kierkegaardian awareness that the individual must occasionally attempt a ‘so-selfish it’s selfless’ sacrifice to gain faith. That it may lead, through a sense of infinite resignation to a state of immediacy where the spirit requires higher form.” Ok, now, got that?