Apropos voice

Grappling with Jacques Rancière, trying to get a grip on the concept of the “ethical regime of art”; in which artistic images are evaluated in terms of their utility to society. This is linked by Rancière with Plato’s banishment of painters from his ideal community. Rancière associates this “regime” with the antique idea that defines artwork…

On art writing

Recently I have found writings on poetry to be much more relevant for visual art, than specialized visual art writing, such as reviews, catalogue texts or research papers. Writings on poetry, and especially texts on poetry written by poets, seem to grasp art more directly, even if the poet’s language are poetic -and by definition…

ART as EXPERIENCE

Me, tangled up in art Last weekend I went to see Tomás Saraceno: 14 Billions (Working Title), on show in SKMU. Saraceno’s use of science, and his way of combining science and art, in all his projects, is very impressive. He works together with biologists, engineers, mathematicians etc. to develop his ideas and put them into aesthetic forms, forms which…

art and “experience”

new ideas for my personal aesthetics – as always; snitched … “Insofar as I was interested in the arts I was interested in the disconnect between my experience of actual artworks and the claims made on their behalf,” Ben Lerner: Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) Descent from the Cross – Detail Mary Magdalene In Leaving the Atocha Station, the…

Mean Free Path

I planned to read today, but then suddenly writing happened – but at least I got this: from Mean Free Path by Ben Lerner I What if I made you hear this as music But not how you mean that. The slow beam Opened me up. Walls walked through me Life resonant waves. I thought that…

E n d e a v o u r

uses of art – (adapted from Jane Hirshfield) A work of art is not a piece of fruit lifted from a branch: it is a ripening collaboration of artist, receiver, and world. Art is not an outer event or phenomenon, nor is it the feeling or insight it may seem to reveal or evoke. Art may…

Journal of a Solitude

May Sarton’s Journal of a Solitude was first published in 1973. She had written memoirs previously, but turned to journal writing in a quest for “a more immediate, less controlled record of life.” Journal of a Solitude: September 15th Begin here. It is raining. I look out on the maple, where few leaves have turned yellow,…

a time of one’s own

I’ve spent the passing week reading Jane Hirshfield’s Ten Windows and May Sarton’s Journal of a Solitude, changing between the two of them for very different – still matching – reading experiences. Ten Windows is a book about how we, through poetry, can enlarge our own lives. Journal of a Solitude is story from “inside”, from the…

purloin

I am in the process of inventing a personal aesthetics through stealing go HERE if you want to check out my sources . from Jane Hirshfield: Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

window moment

a window moment Jane Hirshfield: Many good poems have a kind of window-moment in them–a point at which they change their direction of gaze or thought in a way that suddenly opens a broadened landscape of meaning and feeling. Encountering such a moment, the reader breathes in some new infusion, as steeply perceptible as any…