Thursday, November 11, 2021

a critical judgement

blindfolded writer
“A critical judgement of an artistic production has no civil rights in the realm of art if it isn't itself a work of art, either in its substance, as a representation of a necessary impression in the state of becoming, or in the beauty of its form and open tone...”
—Friedrich Schlegel
from "Critical Fragments" (no.117)
Eliseo Mattiacci - To think the thought (1973)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

it would take too long

“You can't tell everyone the truth all the time, and you certainly can't tell anyone the whole truth, ever, because it would take too long.”
—Lydia Davis
from "Our Trip"
Daido Moriyama - Memory (2012 publication date)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Makes Us See

blindfolded writer
“Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.”
—widely attributed to Paul Klee
original context unclear
Rudy Burckhardt, A View From Brooklyn II, 1954 (detail)

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The latest development

blindfolded writer
“Consciousness is the last and latest development of the organic and hence also what is most unfinished and unstrong.”
—Friedrich Nietsche
from The Gay Science
One of a series of photographs of the astronaut John Glenn taken by an automatic sequence motion picture camera during his flight on "Friendship 7." Glenn was in a state of weightlessness traveling at 17,500 mph as these pictures were taken.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

the day you catch an idea

“The day you catch an idea you fall in love with, even a small one, is a beautiful day.”
—widely attributed to David Lynch
original context unclear
From LIFE magazine - photographer unknown

Monday, March 1, 2021

revulsian of literature toward the state

Ai Weiwei dropping a Han Dynasty Urn
“Language and, presumably, literature are more ancient and inevitable, more durable than any form of social organization. The revulsion, irony, or indifference often expressed by literature toward the state is essentially the reaction of the permanent—better yet, the infinite—against the temporary, against the finite.”
—Joseph Brodsky
from "Footnote to a Poem" in the collection Less than One
Ai Weiwei, second panel of the triptych "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" (1995/2009)

Sunday, February 21, 2021

reality is the loss of ego

a thoughtful gorilla sits with their hands crossed
“Reality is simply the loss of ego.”
—Ramana Maharshi
from I Am (K)Not the Body
(notes taken by Pradeep Apte on Ramana Maharshi's sayings, as recorded by Muruganar and translated by David Godman)
Monsieur by Benoit Courti