Following the Road by Larry Smith from A River Remains. © Word Tech Editions, 2006. I have left my wife at the airport, flying out to help our daughter whose baby will not eat. And I am driving on to Kent to hear some poets read tonight. I don’t know what to do with … More This fear we call stress
Thoughts excerpted from Jan Verwoert’s text: I CAN, I CAN’T, WHO CARES (2008) Some have said that we have come to inhabit the post-industrial condition. But what could that mean? After the disappearance of factory work from the lives of most people in the Western world, we have entered into a culture where we do no … More A note on compulsive performativity – and how to care (for) more
As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency. –John Cage Fan Ho – Construction, 1957 Photographer Fan Ho was born in Shanghai, China in 1931 and immigrated to Hong Kong in his teens where he then began to photograph the drama of city life, ranging from the teeming markets to desolate alleyways.
For those of you who – just like me – love the work of Do Ho Suh, a great presentation of a project of his is to be found here
There are these paintings by the British artist Michael Simpson – The Leper Squint Paintings – which I find exceptionally interesting. The Leper Squint paintings is a series of works picturing simple ladders raised to small black rectangles high up on walls. The rectangles are illustrating holes in the walls, squints that were once built into medieval church walls so that … More The Leper Squint Paintings
Each night about this time he puts on sadness like a garment and goes on writing. from Anne Carson: “Short Talk On Ovid” (1992)
from A Field Guide to Melancholy … melancholy & genius: Aristotle: ‘Why is it that all those who have become eminent in philosophy or politics or poetry or the arts are clearly melancholics, and some of them to the extent as to be affected by diseases caused by black bile?’ Moyra Davey
A depressive illness or a passing feeling? Mental detachment or a precursor to genius? Melancholy is a critical part of what it is to be human, yet we all seems intent on removing all signs of sadness, depression, or, quite simply, low moods from our own lives. In A Field Guide to Melancholy Jacky Bowring studies melancholy … More Notes on Melancholy, part 1
Pink Canvas for Wearing (1969) is the first photograph in Helena Almeida’s (b. in Lisbon 1934) career, after working for more than a decade as a painter since graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon in 1955. Through this playful work, Almeida seems to discover the possibility of functioning as a painting through the medium … More Transcending the limits of the picture
– to sit still & read… These are some of the voices that will keep me company in the weeks to come.