The Wisdom of Alan Measles

October 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

I popped into the Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum this morning and really liked it. In the artist’s words, The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, “is a memorial to all the anonymous craftsmen that over the centuries have fashioned the manmade wonders of the world.” As you may know, the British Museum let Grayson Perry pick items from its collection and match them with works created by the artist himself. It’s funny, Grayson’s stuff is amazing, and it’s a great way to see a manageable amount and range of things from the British Museum’s huge empire. You can see more about this here. They should do this with other artists.

Nice pot from Mr Grayson

I particularly enjoyed the participation of Alan Measles, the 50-year-old teddy bear, dictator and God of the imaginary world of Grayson Perry. Alan and Grayson went on a motorbike tour of Germany, Alan enclosed in a Pope-mobile type chest.

Mr Measles

I was struggling to relate any of this to why anneiskeepinbusy, but then I turned to Alan Measles’ blog: “we are all a bit mad, we need to tolerate a measure of un-certainty. What helps is becoming interested in something, it does not matter what, collecting crisp packets, country dancing, Christianity, kinky sex, whatever snags your enthusiasm. Those marvelous, enthralling, difficult to grasp peak experiences in life happen while you are wrapped up in something else, hunting out the last in a set, losing yourself in the rhythm, joining a congregation or spending the weekend mummified in duct tape. Sorry to go on so but I want you to be happy.”

So there we are. Read more of Alan Measles’ wisdom here.

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