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Ruby responds: Dearest Bil “the Flesterer” Fleming, Thank you for sending us an interesting link to share with our fellow dumpster divers! Of particular note is this thoughtful art review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describing aforementioned artist Bob Johnson’s river cubes: this detritus of industrial consumer society [is arranged] in ways that suspend between happenstance and formal elegance (read entire review HERE).
The word “flester,” though, is troubling me. I can not find a definition of it outside of Johnson’s own site, which leads me to the conclusion that he invented the term, which of course, is fascinating in its own right. But flester sounds too much like “fester” to me, and flesterer does not exactly roll off the tongue. Also, the word is obviously obtuse and does not add to our understanding of your work. So we will refer to you as Bil “the Flesterer” Fleming if you insist, but please note that the lack of poetry and clarity in this new moniker, coupled with the unconventional “Bil with one L,” is causing us some discomfort. Gentle Readers, what do you think of the word flester? love, etc Ruby
ps for more pics of painted dumpsters, check out Ruby’s flickr