from: The weather of words, poetic invention, by Mark Strand
In his introduction to The Best American Poetry 1991, Mark Strand, my favorite guide in the sphere of aesthetics these days, uses his own personal background (which I guess will be recognizable for many of us) to illuminate the difference between poetry and prose. Here is my attempt to summarize some his arguments: My parents… More The best american poetics
– contemplating the difference between prose & poetry Mark Strand: The Weather of Words
What is ugly? Who is ugly? Is ugliness at all a word, a description, a kind of characterization one can use? Copyright© Iiu Susiraja I am working on a short text about the Finnish artist Iiu Susiraja. Susiraja is a photographer using her own body as subject and motif. What is most striking about Susiraja’s appearance, is… More Ugly???
on form (continued): Rankine says: Prose because I have intention – I want you to understand. Poetry, is a different story: You don’t impose – you encounter, you discover. … want more? I really recommend listening to: Edward Hirsch: Poets Writing Prose …
My review of Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts focuses on Ai as a political artist. It is an obvious thing to do – Ai Weiwei is an activist artist. Not an activist or an artist, but both. For me it is important to underline this point because many theorists, and also… More Notes on Art and Politics
In the early 1960s, Agnes Martin’s geometric compositions evolved into what would later be seen as her signature style: the square grid. Referring to these paintings, the critic Lucy Lippard described them as ‘legendary examples of an unrepetitive use of a repetitive medium’. More and more I excluded from my paintings all curved lines, until finally my… More Theory has nothing to do with it –
history lesson Agnes Martin’s notes for “On the Perfection Underlying Life” lecture originally given at the ICA on February 14, 1973 on the occasion of the exhibition, “Agnes Martin” Some say she is rather esoteric in her writing, but I’m not sure I agree – just go with the flow and see what happens. In line… More There is no halfway with art
“the painting is a key to the art within you“ Agnes Martin, Untitled (1979), pencil and ink on paper, 105 x 105 in.
I write and underline in every interesting book I read. Making notes in beautiful art-books is obviously rather foolish, but if I’m to engage with what I read, I need to have a pen in hand, to scribble. This is also why I much prefer paper to digital books. The text above is an excerpt… More Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life