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

Monday, March 30, 2020

winter flowers vii.


“Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” John Berger quoting Cezanne.
deciding what and where colour is

Thursday, March 26, 2020

winter flowers vi.

"The effect of color has real power....So much power that, in certain lights, it seems to become a substance. Once when I found myself in the chapel, I saw on the ground a red of such materiality that I had the feeling that the color was not the effect of light falling through the window, but that it belonged to some substance. This impression was reinforced by a particular circumstance: on the floor in front of me there was some sand in a little pile that the red was resting on. That gave me the effect of red powder so magnificent that I have never seen the like in my life." Matisse


deciding what and where colour is

Red Thought within a Gladiolus Blossom by James Owens

--after a photograph by erin wilson

The image is a garden inside the garden.

Eros as shimmer
as blood unfurls
through the wall of this wound
that opens the air like a sex.

The strokes of her looking
the petals to further opening and opening
and un-
membrane contour texture.
Different wet reds shine.

All this from dirt and sun and water
dust the flower has healed
anthers laden dark
nudge of a cell upward
any touch would soft to bursting
and scatter sperm
inside the four chambers of the stone.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

winter flowers v.

"Thinking about color abstractly hasn't done me any good." Frank Stella


deciding what and where colour is