on art writing

Recently I have found writings on poetry to be much more relevant for visual art, than specialized visual art writing, such as reviews, catalogue texts or research papers. Writings on poetry, and especially texts on poetry written by poets, seem to grasp art more directly, even if the poet’s language are poetic -and by definition… More on art writing

Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life

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

Agnes Martin

I am about to start working on an essay on the painter Agnes Martin. Agnes Martin is currently (3 June – 11 October 2015) on show at Tate Modern, London. Following the presentation at Tate Modern, the retrospective will travel to Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim… More Agnes Martin

On-going reading list

plans for a never-ending summer Author Title 1. Julian Barnes Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art 2. Heidi Julavits The Folded Clock: A Diary 3.  Sarah Manguso Ongoingness: The End of a Diary 4. Frances Morris, etc Agnes Martin 5. Nancy Princenthal Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art 6. Sally Mann Hold Still: A… More On-going reading list

in Bergen

– spending my morning mulling over: Musée des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting… More in Bergen

enchantment

This post made me want to take a closer look at Rita Felski’s book Uses of Literature (2008). Felski’s intention is to bridge the gap between literary theory and common-sense beliefs about why we read literature. Uses of Literature deals with four key elements of the reading experience: recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock. These four recall, as she… More enchantment

Pictures Like Poems

I have this ongoing project of picturing my everyday at AN IMAGE A DAY. If I was a genius my pictures might have looked a bit more like the once Jeff Wall are making. Watch this: Jeff Wall | Louisiana Channel. Jeff Wall A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993

Te Tuhirangi Contour

Te Tuhirangi Contour, once more  Richard Serra: Te Tuhirangi Contour (1999/2001), Gibbs Farm, New Zealand Viewed from above, the 257-metre steel wall has a delicate quality like a dark ribbon curling, almost floating. One of the features that ensures this impression is the unbroken curving line formed by the top edges of all of the steel… More Te Tuhirangi Contour