not a pretty picture. not a good. not a bad. picture. but an argument.

Friday, June 3, 2022

thinking silence

 "When everything happens at once, no conflicts can occur."


from Hayden Carruth's "Of Distress Being Humiliated by the Classical Chinese Poets"

Friday, April 22, 2022

thinking grass

 
" I will keep your lifetime's sadness

 
 
Your precious spirit will be consumed into the grass
gently blowing
 
 

 
People, you are grass!"

from "Third Ode to Grass" by Ochirbatyn Dashbalbar, translated by Jessica Madison Pískatá

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

thinking of Morandi's bottles (and Charles Wright)

"Our lives, it turns out, are still-lifes, glass bottles and fruit,
Dead animals, flowers, 

  
                                the edges of this and that
Which drop off, most often, to indeterminate vacancy.
We're beautiful, and hung up to dry...

 
We don't know what counts—
It's as simple as that, isn't it,
                                             we just don't know what counts."

Charles Wright
from "Body and Soul"

Sunday, June 20, 2021

the gift

 








that which is small is not small


Monday, May 31, 2021

a persistence of colour

 


My intention in photographing the trillium was to get close to white on white, engage with a disappearance. And yet, here, with the trillium, a day after spending time with the works of Rothko, I can't help but be mesmerized by the ethereal nature, yet stubbornness of this colour.

“The recipe of a work of art – its ingredients – how to make it -the formula.

  1. There must be a clear preoccupation with death – intimations of mortality…Tragic art, romantic art, etc., deals with the knowledge of death.
  2. Sensuality. Our basis of being concrete about the world. it is a lustful relationship to things that exist.
  3. Tension. Either conflict or curbed desire.
  4. Irony. This is a modern ingredient – the self-effacement and examination by which a man for instant can go on to something else.
  5. Wit and play…for the human element.
  6. The ephemeral and chance…for the human element.
  7. Hope.10% to make the tragic concept more endurable. I measure these ingredients very carefully when I paint a picture. It is always the form that follows these elements and the picture results from the proportions of these elements.”

M.Rothko’s „Address to Pratt Institute”, November, 1958.