Friday, February 5, 2016

Antiquarian Sophistication of the "I" and the "Eye" Upon the "It" - Part One - "Possibles Bag"


Antiquarian Sophistication of the "I"
And the "Eye"
Upon the "It"

Part One

"Possibles Bag"



            “Perfunctory”:  I don’t pay much attention to someone else’s fumblings with antiquarian objects.  By fumbling, I mean their “I” and their “eye” upon the antiquarian “it”.  Why bother; they are, usually, “mired” (“Up to their hubs”).  “Go around the stuck bastard.  Move on.  Let them call a tow truck.  There is nothing I can do to help.”  Further, should I offer ‘help’, this someone else often becomes... an enraged stuck bastard.  “Oh so what.  JUST GO ON AND TRY (to help)!”
            No.  I avoid stuck bastards that are enraged.  A “possibles bag”*** that falls off their horse (high horse?) I see... hear... note... but never ‘say’... anything.  These ‘they’... will ‘find out soon enough’ and have to ‘go back’ and ‘look for it’; their dropped ‘possibles’ (I and eye... the it... again).  I do not need to be put in my place over a ‘someone else’s fumblings.  No I do not.
            And I do know what the problem is.  Exactly.  It is...:  Politely... “they are poor at it”. 
            “I don’t think you should say that.”
            I don’t feel I should care what you think.



*** One’s internet search skills will promptly define a ‘possibles bag’.





            “A” begins with “I”.  Somewhere someday that happened; an “A” attracted “I” and with that I’s “eye” the “A” was noted... from... ‘of the swirl of all’ of the “It”.  That was a moment wasn’t it?  The first “THING” you “THOUGHT ABOUT”.  I prefer to say ‘felt for’.  I don’t like it when people “think” about art.  It is tiring.  And tiring to watch.             
            So one day
            In some way
            There was a FEEL
            For a “THAT”.
            And you took it home with you
            TOO?




            That was the ‘a beginning’.  Do you still have it (that)?  Many people do ‘still have it’.  Others just felt for and... never ‘took home’.  Their first felt for is ...just a memory.  Often they are very vivid memories.  How do I know that?  I ASK about it... and have the STORY told to me.  They are often very clear, cleaver, dignified and opulent stories.  I observe.  “Remarkable.” You say?  You should... because they are remarkable; an actually comprehensive story about discovering an ‘it’ with “I” using their “eye”.  As I said; “That was quite a moment wasn’t it”.  YES IT WAS.  And look at you now... reading this... about THAT and the THAT of your “I” and “EYE” upon “IT”.




            Sit down and rest?
            Or do you like this?
            I get tired of people who ‘don’t like this’.  So I don’t keep them around.  I don’t have to do much; they take themselves away... by themselves.  They drop their possibles bag and... never come back to look for it.
            I don’t drop my bag very often... but I am always looking at ALL the dropped bags I come upon.  I do, habitually, feel each dropped bag (the story bag).  I never think about this.  It is really... quite a bit of fun... these stories of dropped possible bags – dropped story bags.  Really.  Most of them are charming... stories.





            Am I getting a “too much” for you here?  Too ‘far’.  To ‘wide’.  To ‘encompassing’?  I haven’t even mention ‘sophistication’ yet... either.  It’s in the title... so it is a part of the purpose.  But I am already all over the place with this and you and I and eye and.... it.  Too.   The ‘its’.  The first it.  The first it for you... your eye... and... your
            “I”.
            That IS what this is all about... you understand.  You do this; have done this, to yourself; used your I to eye an it... and now... here you are... still at it.  To varying degree of
            “Oh no”:  “Politely”...“They are poor at it”.
            So now may I say that this ‘poor at’ benefits from being ‘rebuilt’.... ‘taken down and rebuilt’... ‘regularly’... by you using your I to eye... all over again... upon the it’
            May I say that?
            Yes I may.
            And once you ‘see’ that; “feel it”... you will then have had a ‘sophistication’...
            Of your I
            And your eye.
            Then... you may use this, in this sophisticated sense, to have the ‘taken down and rebuilt’...
            All over again. This procedure never stops within the antiquarian I – eye – it. The I – eye – it is always getting better; more ...sophisticated.
            Isn’t this a fine way to feel about art?






            What is fine about this feeling?  Simply:  You are not in charge.  You follow your ‘eye’ that is approached by your ‘I’ from a ...discernment of an it.  There is something.  You see it.  You are attracted to it.  You...
            Yes... the continuance of the ratio is carried forward from your last moments with the last of these ratios; you... sophisticate... the application of the ratio:  It is a ‘current’ ‘updated’ ratio.  Over and over this occurs, for decades... even half centuries.  The ‘I’ and the ‘eye’ and the ‘it’ become evermore sophisticated.
            And... you direct the performance of this.  You create and control the application of the sophisticated art ‘I’, ‘eye’ and ‘it’.  This is where the “Politely”... “they are poor at it”... shows up again.  Doesn’t it.
            “Most of them are”.   Poor at it.





            That; ‘poor at it’, may actually be a ‘salvation’ and/or a ‘sanctuary’.  But that is getting ahead.  Keep this notion as a feeling... for now... but don’t go there, yourself, yet.  Wait until you are sophisticated enough to understand (‘I – eye – it’) what you are doing when you choose to do this.  Meanwhile:
            I enhance this ratio of sophistication by concisely assuring that one does this; follow that self application of these... I and eye and it... in all commercial... professional... and personal antiquarian pursuits.  “It’s about the stuff”.
            “Bullshit.” You say?
            “You are absolutely right”.  By walking from this now one may walk away from art and ‘set yourself free’ from “That”.  One may, for example, clean out the garage holding your dead father’s “TOOLS”; hire a dumpster and ‘get it cleaned out in an afternoon’.  “DAD” didn’t “LIKE ART” you know.  Don’t you.
            So that is that.  Right?





            Actually... this ‘it’ (cleaning out) is tiring and too much work.  Dirty work.  That’s where I come in.  Literally.  With a ‘my crew’.  WE know that you did not see the ‘dish’ of ‘nails’.  No.  The bent used pulled galvanized sixteen pennies were in the broken Victorian mulberry earthenware Staffordshire soup bowl... ‘dish’ on the work bench.  We saved it.  We save all of that when we ‘a clean out’ ...for you.  For us, each and every ‘it’ is “eye” with “I”.  In a setting like this; your father’s tools in the garage, it is easiest for us to do that; the sophisticated ratio, by TAKING ALL OF the IT... after using just one... big... ‘I ‘and ‘eye’.  You dropped YOUR possibles bag ‘of this’.  Not us.  WE picked it up; your dropped bag... after we
            FEEL
            IT.
            This isn’t very hard to understand.  Is it.





            This isn’t very hard to understand.  Is it.  I repeat that.  What is “this”?  “This” is that by applying the sophistication of our “I” – “eye” – “it” ratio...  Even in the most modest way, we... easily... feel, find and purloin... remarkable quantities... and qualities... of antiquarian ‘art’ and ‘design’; fine arts, printed arts, historical arts and decorative arts even in the murky, mumbling, stumbling... fumbling... “possible bag” dropping... “father’s tools in the garage”... material wasteland; the dropped ‘possibles bag’ oblivion.  That is what I do; apply... that.  Over and over and over.  Very, very, very fast.  I ... “I” with my “eye”... “it” using an antiquarian sophistication I have built up, torn down, rebuilt, torn down, rebuilt... perpetually... including doing that right now even when I am writing this.  





            “Makes it hard to compete.”  You say.
            Your God damn right it does.  Commercially, professionally and... personally... the ‘my stake in the ground’ is, usually, up ahead of ‘all comers’ (including your little sister who, we have all been told several times, “was an art major”).  IF we start side by side look up after a little while and you’ll see me up ahead with my stake...
            In most cases.






            Exceptions... I delight in.  Too.  There is nothing in art feeling that is better than working side by side with someone who ‘does know what they are doing’.  This is infrequent... but is ‘great’.  I mean... TWO are better than ONE.  I enjoy my personal space when I am alone ‘I to eye to it’ with a ... painting but..
            TWO ...’I to eye to it’ (at the painting) “blows it away”.  Always keep that in mind when you are working at this:  There are a lot of very smart people ‘in art’ (feeling art).  You will, regardless of your actual skills... be around them.  Noticing them is harder than one would think.  They do the ‘low profile thing’ (“tree top level”).  Engage them?  Not likely.  Unless they find you ‘special’.







Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thread Bare (Threadbare) (Rug) Care (Dare) - Part Four


Thread Bare (Threadbare) (Rug) Care (Dare)

Part Four



            Even if they (informed rug eyes) ‘don’t buy’ these ever getting more expensive threadbare ‘good rugs’... due to this ‘getting higher’ cost... (they ARE getting expensive)... the these rugs ARE ‘respectfully coveted’ by these knowing ones.  No problem there; within the taste the nod to a good one IS.  That’s good enough for me for I am one who pushes the price:  “Don’t want it?  FINE.”  And don’t make me look at what you DO have.
            What I just said is the back edge of the sword blade to the threadbare taste style; warrior level.  ART warrior level.




            To no surprise to I but perhaps a shock to a... lay voyeur... the daily ramblings of this ‘interest’ (antique threadbare ‘oriental’ rugs) is... ahhhh.... ‘aggressive’.  The hang time of a good old rug cheap in the marketplaces is... “like”... less than one minute with... several ‘come up empty’ hands right there too.  That sort of clears off the playing field ...constantly... so... not only keeps the supply of ‘what one may see’ ‘way down’ (THE MAN and his rolled up rug in Part One) but leaves the cupboard bare except for the generic ‘they are one’ old ...worn... pet peed... on... Wasp estate style... “threadbare rugs”.  Those... are for sale ‘all over the place’.  “YOU CAN DO THAT” look and style “NO PROBLEM” and get ‘clean away’ with it... except, of course, for the ‘can’t fool me’ eye (I) activists.  The quick way around that is to have a contact within THAT enhanced “old rug” market and ...pony up... for a... few of those (‘the old [antique] good ones’).  That way you’ll throw even me off the trail for... “HOW DID YOU GET THOSE?” is also equaled (one to one ratio) by I (eye) feeling that if you HAVE those (better) rugs therefore, in fact, you are NOT bullshitting me when YOU tell me that YOU ‘got them from my grandmother’s house’.  OH THERE WE GO:  Style... Taste ...DONE RIGHT.  That way is the right way into the REAL Wasp threadbare “look” (style).  A few ‘good ones’... go a long way.





            Placement (of a ‘good one’ in the home) is subtle...  I say that again:  Subtle.  NO in the face show off of “THE RUG” (s) “I PAID A LOT FOR”.
            No.  For real.  If this (Wasp threadbare style) is gonna work... for you... NO
            SHOW.  OFF.
            The old girls (your grandmother) did (acted on) display... like I love and you ‘can’t believe’.  FOR EXAMPLE a true old (Victorian) Soumak flat weave bag face (30” by 20”) does not startle me to be found on the floor in front of the
            WASHING MACHINE.
            A ‘wicked worn’ Kazak ‘throw’ has had the cat’s food dish at it’s upper right corner against the kitchen wall next to the basement stairs for FORTY YEARS.  Or longer:  “My mother did that”.
            An eighty-two year old man living alone in his family’s estate has, as a small jewel set on top of the traditional style layered Wasp threadbare rugs ...found in ALL the home’s rooms...; a small ‘single eagle (Kazak) throw’ that he has... put his bare feet on each and every night and dawn each and every day for ...nearly... sixty years... with I being the ‘only one’ (outside the family) who’s ever seen it.  I said (commented)... absolutely... NOTHING.  It was not a surprise to me.  Subtle is scatter.  FOR REAL:  “Scatter rugs” and they did that:  “SCATTER”  “RUGS”.





            If you use the ‘great rug’ in front of the washing machine trick on me... well (in harmony with the rest of the estates rugs)... I will probably ‘fall for that’:  (“There is only ONE RUG in there I want”).
            But... I’m no lightweight from giving YOUR whole estate a ‘sniff test’ before... moving on THAT RUG.  So... ‘basics’; don’t leave the price tag on it.  And don’t act like I’m suppose to notice... your collection... of... “ITS”.  I craft my “I won’t let on” to not let YOU KNOW what I am feeling... at any time.  About your old rugs.





            Once the door has been ...subtle... LEE... opened a ‘just a crack’, you can tweak your ‘floor coverings’ for the rest of your eternity and ...that’s a gas.  YEAH because the longer you go at it the more you ‘see’ ‘find’ and ‘get’.  JUST CANNOT HELP yourself for as I noticed in John Henry New England is the THIS IS ... THE BEST PLACE... IN THE... WHOLE WORLD to “find them” (a good one).  They don’t go to the dump and if they do someone... ‘grabs it’.  I don’t need ‘to try’; there is a constant supply.  I do not need to ‘display’ or ‘show’; there are LOTS of dealer-venders with LOTS of old rugs doing that.  No.  When I roll up a rug fast... I roll up that rug fast and... “that’s it”; the ‘last you’ll see of it.  That kind of rug.  I know... I know; it’s hard to take.  But I told you I’m talking about warrior grade rugs.  So remain calm and get a grip on the ‘your Wasp values’.





            What’s an example of a grip?  NEVER... show off ‘Wasp threadbare’... anything.  Never mention floor covering (or the condition of the actual floor) EVER.  Never write an essay like this telling the tale.  NEVER.
            When you ‘see’ a ‘rug’ NEVER let on.  Ever.  Never showingly notice ‘a rug’.  Never flip the corner with the toe of your foot to ‘see the back’.  YOU DON’T NEED to SEE THE BACK if you can SEE THE FRONT.  IF it is for sale especially with a price tag... BUY IT ROLL IT UP GET IT OUT OF THERE RIGHT NOW.  If it is ‘not priced’’; a very common occurrence with estate rugs, ASK ...not if it is for sale but “HOW MUCH” “IS THE” “OLD RUG”?  Then buy it and get it out of there.  Ask, if there are numerous rugs “HOW MUCH” the BEST ONE is FIRST.  Then buy it, PAY CASH and GET IT OUT OF THERE.  Then go after the other rugs RIGHT AWAY...  Do you feel you can do that?  Probably not.





            WHY?
            Because your not fast enough.  Someone like me is already “IN THE CAR” with the “GOOD ONE”.  This is, again... warrior grade... old New England Wasp threadbare old rugs in old New England homes.  This is not a joke.  Especially if there is actually a rug ON the pool table (“I missed that?” Part One)





            Turning this can up... side... down... I (write of) blunt another iconic thunder cloud (Part Three).  This one is a little ‘I didn’t know they could do that’.  A ‘good rug’, once found by someone like I, must be sold to ‘get all the money’.  Showing that ‘a good one’ to the rug market at a ‘your’ ‘fair market price’ MAY not get the job done.  They (the rug market) just says ‘no’.  So....
            I am, myself, IN the these old New England estates all the time so... ah... ‘are familiar with the landscape’ (“feel at home” “in there”)  And:  Know there is a ‘magic’ “in there” (in an estate).  Properly done (harnessed).  Soooo....:
            If I have a ‘good one’ possibly touching ‘great one’ (pool table quality) I... may be best to bring the little piggy to market by putting that rug IN... TO... an old estate... well mixed (hidden) within the estate’s whole and tawdry hoard of threadbare pet peed... traditional Wasp “RUGS”.  Don’t look now but the upstairs back bedroom just got ‘sophisticated’ with an additional ‘floor covering’.





            I don’t wait.  For the estate.  Or the rug dealer(s).  And, if an estate is being sophisticated... it is probably not just one rug... or one object (furniture, silver, paintings) that this ‘slight of hand’ is “doing”.  No.  Polishing up a mid grade estate by “bringing in” is ...common ...practice.  What the (commercial) point is ...is that the BUYERS will take the bait and PAY promptly too... on objects (here a ‘good one’ threadbare rug) they believe are just discovered ‘in’ the estate.  It is really (in basic) a cash flow issue.  The dealer and collector will “HOLD OFF” buying as long as possible on a costly ‘good one’ unless they ...believe... there is an urgent NEED for them to act.  The reason this slight of hand is done ...understand... IS to ‘get them to act’ (buy and PAY).  So just keep that in mind when you come down with “estate fever”.  A lot of time one could have purchased the same rug a week before for a quarter of the estate’s tag price... because it had been ‘sitting there’ (in a rug dealer’s stock) for sale for the last six months.  For I, a little cynical ‘sniff test’ of “what’s this estate sale about anyway”... is carefully done.  Especially if the rug of interest has an ‘old’ price tag ‘still on it’.  Really; they actually do leave them on.  I never do. 




            One should be sure to attend several of this sort of estate sale (‘sophisticated’ estate sales) to get the look and feel of this... commercial fixture.  I know this will be hard to accept for many but the reality is that the old pet pee everywhere little old lady with her doggies lived in there alone for EVER... smells like that, looks like that... and includes telltale signs OF that (“yellow” in footnote Part One)... becomes a more the merrier support system for assuring a legitimate estate sale (estate rugs).  One such as I comes to embrace the ‘old’ “pet pee” purity and its traditional state... with fondness.  Further... that pure... raw... setting makes ‘additions’ stand right out to the knowing cynical eye.  Too.  It’s hard to hide a ‘good rug’ well ‘in that’ (a home full of ‘stuck to the floor’ pet used ‘carpets’.  “THIS ONE HERE IS PERFECT” may mean it was ‘brought in’. 




            That final note is the end of this note on this popular topic (Wasp threadbare rugs) for this moment.  The enhanced Wasp threadbare rug realm has been pushed along for you by I... a little bit... I hope.  There are many more tales that can be told... but the issue really is
            Are you that bold
            With your ‘Wasp old’
            To care
            To dare
            To be ‘thread bare’.