“What goes up must come down.” “All good things must come to an end.” “Nothing gold can stay.” Artists and aphorists through the ages have sought to remind us — in case sunsets, autumns and deaths weren’t reminder enough — of the universe’s essential nature. Still, no shape is so alluring to our small, scared selves as the upward-sloping line.
Case in point? The Bernie Madoff scandal, in which thousands of individual and institutional investors — not to mention regulators and Madoff’s peers — were beguiled by the wealth manager’s impossibly consistent, positive returns — by the fantasy of a smooth, steadily rising course through the inevitable boom and bust of the market.
I previewed Portland artist Alicia Jo Rabins’ multidisciplinary performance piece about the Madoff scandal for the Oregonian. Thought-provoking just to write about—can’t wait to see it.