“I see drawing as thinking, as evidence of thinking, evidence of going from one place to another. One draws to define one thing from another. Draws proportions, adjusts scale. It is impossible to paint without drawing.” Vija Celmins, painter, draftsman, Latvian, American
An exceptional artist and in my opinion an even better writer Leonora Carrington was the inspiration for many of Max Ernst masterpieces, notably The Robing Of the Bride (see A Week of Max Ernst: Friday) and was in many aspects the archetypal Femme-Enfant of Surrealist desire; a dubious honour that Carrington, as one of the […]
My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.
Louise Bourgeois in Destruction of the Father Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews 1923-1997.
The German photographer Heinz Hajek-Halke concentrated almost entirely on montage techniques. Influenced by the great Dada and Surrealist innovators of the 1920’s and 30’s he experimented with solarisation and camera-less photographs. During WWII he turned to photographing small animals for scientific publications. The 1950’s however saw Hajek-Halke returning to experimental photography; he joined the fotoform […]
“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore give yourself fully to your endeavors.”
The concept of absolute time was abolished after Einstein’s mind-bending realization that time is nothing more than an illusion. Past, present and future exist simultaneously. Our past is not gone and our future already exists. What’s time? Killing time?Wasting time? Once upon a time? The most common phrases of all the time but What is […]
“Writing is an escape from a world that crowds me. I like being alone in a room. It’s almost a form of meditation – an investigation of my own life.” Neil Simon, 1927-2018, playwright, Pulitzer Prize, Goodbye in 2018
Today would have been Man Ray’s 128th birthday. He was born in Philadelphia on August 27, 1890 , and died in France in 1976. This American surrealist photographer and painter spent most of his career in Paris. He said: “I do not photograph nature. I photograph my visions.” “I never knew what I was […]
« The art of living is based on rhythm, on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all the aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a […]
Henry Miller, “the wisdom of the heart”. In “the wisdom of the heart”. New York: New Directions, 1966, p. 32-33.
The writing arrives when it wants to. There is nothing you can do about it. You can’t squeeze more writing out of the living than is there.
– Charles Bukowski