22 July 2014

Knowledge is power

I highly recommend listening to this. Hugely inspiring!
Full interview over at London Real.

21 July 2014

Diana Scherer

Diana Scherer is an artist / photographer / collector and her work and process is one that I appreciate and admire greatly. The above photos are of wildflowers and weeds grown from seed and taken from her garden in the Netherlands and patiently manipulated, sometimes for up to six months, in vases so that the soil and roots are coerced to take the shape of the vessel. When the moment is right, she breaks the vases and 'captures' her pieces. Thus, collecting the fleeting moment of a bloom in it's prime before it fades and dies. After shooting it she puts it back in her garden.

“The ambiguous nature of collecting intrigues me,” she says. “It involves loving attention as well as a fanatical desire to control. The collector documents and stores the object of his desire in a systematic and detached way. I also treat and present my work in an objective manner, even though working with nature has an emotional charge for me.”  - D. Scherer

read more about her process and work here
see more of her work here

(image found here)
"One’s real duty to the future is to do as you should do now. Make the best choices, do the best work, fulfill your obligations in the best way you can, and work on a scale that’s appropriately small. make plans that are appropriately small. if you do those things, then the future will take care of itself."

-- Wendell Berry

19 July 2014

Saturday Poem

" For women who are difficult to love"

16 July 2014

Tacita Dean

A clip from Tacita Dean's film "Craneway Event" gives us a look at the creative process of choreographer Merce Cunningham, shortly before he died. It's what Vermeer might have done with a movie camera...
"Why would you live in your body like you will be given another? As if it were temporary. You starve it. You let anyone touch it. You berate it. Tell it that it should be completely different. You tug at your soft flesh, wish it were thinner, wish it were gone. You fall in love with those who praise the way it sighs under their hands,  but who praises the way it holds up your weight, even when you are falling apart?"

-- Warsan Shire.

14 July 2014

Andréa de Keijzer

"This choreographic experiment examines the moments before and after a photograph, a performance and an event. In this skillfully wrought "dance cover" of Esthel Vogrig’s Mi Ultima Foto, de Keijzer challenges conventional notions of originality and authorship in the creation process by building onto an existing conversation about the photograph as certificate of presence that conceals a map of past and shared existence."

-- Andréa de Keijzer

"What really interests me about capturing and suspending movement is that I get to experience something invisible and inaudible, as elusive and fleeting as thought itself, and give it form... Maybe my paintings are all just little fragments of the Cosmic Dance suspended in time."

-- James Nares

11 July 2014

Estonian women sewing a wall tapestry, 1939.
"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
--Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

9 July 2014

Jessica Bell

A series of 12 sewn mixed media collages on 22" x 30" pieces of Stonehenge called Traffic.
(2013) by Jessica Bell


an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

7 July 2014

Tara Donovan

Lots of acrylic rods, and stacks of buttons. Insane. The breathtaking work of Brooklyn based installation artist Tara Donovan.

(Source: vivr-e)
I rise from my worst disasters, I turn, I change. 

--Virginia Woolf, from The Waves 

5 July 2014

Saturday Poem

I'll walk, but not in old heroic traces,
And not in paths of high morality,
And not among the half-distinguished faces,
The clouded Forms of long-past History.

I'll walk where my own nature would be leading;
It vexes me to choose another guide:
Where the grey flocks in ferny glens are feeding;
Where the wild wind blows on the mountain side.

-- Emily Bronte

(Art: Rebecca Bird.)

3 July 2014

French Textiles

French Textiles

Kiki Smith

Still from 'L'Étoile de mer', Man Ray (1928)

the task in hand

"She felt panic. She had with some pain cleared this small space and time to think in and now thought seemed impossible. She remembered from what now seemed the astonishing free and spacious days of her education the phenomenon of the first day's work on a task. One had to peel one's mind from its run of preoccupations: coffee to buy, am I in love, the yellow dress needs cleaning, Tim is unhappy, what is wrong with Marcus, how shall I live my life? It took time before the task in hand seemed possible, and more still before it became imperative and obsessive. There had to be a time before thought, a woolgathering time when nothing happened, a time of yawning, of wandering eyes and feet, of reluctance to do what would finally become delightful and energetic."

A.S. Byatt, Still Life

1 July 2014

Untitled by Camille Vignaud from artbookstand
“Many African societies divide humans into three categories: those still alive on the earth, the sasha, and the zamani. The recently departed whose time on earth overlapped with people still here are the sasha, the living-dead. They are not wholly dead, for they still live in the memories of the living, who can call them to mind, create their likeness in art, and bring them to life in anecdote. When the last person to know an ancestor dies, that ancestor leaves the sasha for the zamani, the dead. As generalised ancestors, the zamani are not forgotten but revered. Many … can be recalled by name. But they are not the living-dead. There is a difference.”

― James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me