My love of darkness and monsters will always be explored in my work. I’ve gathered a lot of material and created a lot of pieces that speaks to the more liberal and enlightened perspectives on criminality and social justice. These pieces are the ones that I am most proud of and passionate about. Comparatively, I have to say, I tend to enjoy making work that luxuriates in the less sophisticated dark thoughts. This time of year always puts me in the mood for Arnulf Rainer, Rothko, Goya, Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker. This is the best time to create work that celebrates darkness, maybe I’ll do some painting. As much as I love writing, painting allows for more tactility. I feel these three pieces of art above and the quote below all effectively strike the same mood and level of feeling. I’d like to explore writing while painting to see what types of results I get.
“My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine.” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Dire Attempts in Stagnant Times
We fall subject to
a paused breath…
The girth of which,
and pauses suicide.
– Amanda Lehman-Choi
Monika Sosnowska, The Staircase
Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
stories and pictures:
A Little Fable
“ALAS,” said the mouse, “the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when at last I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.” “You only need to change your direction,” said the cat, and ate it up.
I’m really living these Dada collages. (I meant to put liking, but maybe this is a case of a Freudian slip)
The craziest part about this youtube video, is that its a song written in the 1960’s that addresses racism in America, and still the youtube comments are filled with racist bigotry and arguments.
I made this up last night
luna, luna, labyrinth
dream, dream, dream
…and the body of a snake
“Truth, in fact, demands a precision, and Passion, a homeliness (the truly passionate will comprehend me), which are absolutely antagonistic to that Beauty which, I maintain, is the excitement or pleasurable elevation of the soul.” – Poe, The Philosophy of Composition
“To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction.” Theodore Zeldin
pattern of nature.
Take infuse, restructure…razor.
This reminds me of S and the magician.
“I bear in my hands the disguise by which I conceal my life. A web of meaningless events, I dye it with the magic of my point of view.” Leiris
Thanks to S, I stumbled upon this: http://www.miller-mccune.com/news/this-is-your-brain-on-kafka-1474 The title was “This is your brain on Kafka: Does absurdist literature make you smarter”. Naturally I couldn’t click on the link fast enough. I was happy to discover that according to this argument, absurdist literature does touch into the deeper realm of understanding. In the string study the people who experienced the crazier version of Franz Kafka’s “The Country Doctor” where better able to re-pattern the string. This takes me back to my argument that through the common experience of art, lies understanding. Alas, hope.
This is really interesting, he presents two quotes I love and an idea I find really interesting. I’m surprised how much I understand mathematical theory, but still can’t solve simple math problems.
The two quotes are ;
The universe cannot be read until we have learnt the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written. It is written in mathematical language and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures without which it means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word.
In everything…uniformity is undesirable. Leaving something incomplete makes it interesting, and gives one the feeling that there is room for growth… Even when building the Imperial Palace, they always leave one place unfinished.
– Japanese Essays In idleness. 14th century
When you think about it, almost everything that is produced now, is made through a process that is not physical. A movie, a photograph, a chair, a toy, these objects are no long convinced nor processed by the skilled craftsman, instead they are thought up designed on and delivered mind-to-machine to our figurative playground. When we look at art history the pieces artists of each era that are highlighted, are most often chosen for it’s depiction of the times. From studying these pieces of art, we learn about advancements, values, achievements, thoughts, and everyday life at the time. We choose to study these particular artworks to understand society at the time. I feel that although media artists are currently taking the backseat in the current highlights of present day modern art, they are displaying an indicative picture of the way we now process. When I say process I’m encompassing the manner in which ideas, communication, and research is conducted.
we were supposed to check this artist out in one of my classes, I found he is interesting to me for a variety of reasons; his political sound pieces are great, his work is under creative commons, and he has an interest in the ocean.
I’m starting to question this whole dictionary idea having started school, mainly because I’m having too difficult of a time finding anyone who has done anything similar. Am I looking in the wrong places? I don’t know, I’m hoping that I’ll find a whole community of strange neurotic linguists and English scholars with major OCD so I can bring them my version of “the dictionary” for them to all have a chuckle at. What I’m attempting to do is to take an artistic and process driven approach to lexicography. ( I just learned this term. the definition of this is; the writing, editing, or compiling of dictionaries.2. the principles and procedures involved in writing, editing, or compiling dictionaries.) So according to my previous entry in which I present my “formula” for the question; what is art? man’s interpretation x X = art. I am breaking down the first part of the equation “man’s interpretation”, as I am the artist I will analyze and classify my own interpretation and understanding, the most obvious way to go about this in my eyes to do this is to write a dictionary of my own words and thier meanings according to me from my own perspective. I would imagine that it would be read as an index to my thought process. Who knows, maybe I’ll come up with something mildly original.