Art Must Be Flexible

Wednesday again and here’s the Friday flash fiction photo e-mail. Our beloved Rochelle faithfully inspires our creativity regardless of the weather or the season. If you wish to join in, just skate over to HER BLOG and click on that frozen blue frog.

Funny what pops into your head when you see these photo prompts. This morning I got a notice via BookBub about a new book on sale today on Amazon: in his book, Hunting Evil, journalist Guy Walters writes about the search for escaped Nazi war criminals. I’ve read a few accounts on this subject before, enough to know the CIA— or its forerunner— had a finger in that pie. Then I saw today’s prompt — ah, modern art! — and the wheels started spinning upstairs.

PHOTO © Ted Strutz


Marcel stepped forward as visitors approached.

“And this object signifies…” one bewildered fellow asked.

“CIA activities in our world. This top wheel represents J-Edgar Hoover, the organization. These next three, international espionage, recruitment of foreign moles, political assassinations. This one, investigation of organized crime; the small disc underneath, wiretapping. Narcotics surveillance; scrutinizing politicians. This central wheel represents covert mind-programming experiments…”

The visitors all blanched; one fellow fainted.

The art director hurried over. “Try something different. Please! This is the fifth fainter this morning.”

To the next visitors Marcel explained, “This object signifies famous English writers. The top wheel represents Shakespeare…”


43 thoughts on “Art Must Be Flexible

  1. Dear Christine,

    Semper Gumby! Flexibility is a good thing. Art is in the eye of the beholder and we can’t have people fainting in art museums. 😉 Your wheels were definitely turning with this one. I enjoyed it. 😀



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    • He was making a political “statement” with his art — as artists are wont to do. However, he’ll likely find folks more receptive to the idea of Famous Authors than they are to CIA mind-control. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my silly little tale. 🙂


    • Not everybody appreciates “political statement” art, so if he wants to sell the thing, he’d better come up with something else. Though some artists stick to their “statement” whether it sells or not. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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    • The CIA has made a lot of interesting connections over the years, especially connections to drug cartels and rebels in countries hostile to the US. I only know a few details, but I get the idea it’s quite a world of intrigue.
      And art is art. If Salvador Dali’s paintings can sell, anything can sell. Thanks for your comment.

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    • True. At least for some artists the question will be: to forget about my art-as-Statement and design it—or interpret it— for the market, or expound my Statement to one and all, then cart the thing home, unsold, after the show. And how many people really want to hear about CIA meddlings?
      Thanks for reading and commenting, plaridel.

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    • I’m so glad you liked it. I remember a comic about two viewers standing before a painting, a white canvas with one black dot in the middle, and offering various suggestions about what this picture represented.

      And have you noticed that this same flexibility is what we’re learning here at Friday Fictioneers: how to read into a photo any scene we want? We’ll be ready to take the art world by storm now. 😉 Thanks for your comment.


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