Further notes on The best american poetics Mark Strand says: I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes. Form it should be remembered is a word that has several meanings, some which are near opposites. form has to… More Notes on the craft of poetry
What is ugly? Who is ugly? – cont. Concepts of beauty and ugliness are relative to various historical periods or cultures. And there is also a “personal touch” to ones views on the matter – In Voltaire’s A Philosophical Dictionary one can read: Ask the devil; he will tell you that the beautiful consists in… More A pair of horns, four claws, and a tail …
What is ugly? Who is ugly? – cont. According to Umberto Eco: Beauty is, in some ways, boring. Even if its concept changes throughout the ages, nevertheless a beautiful object must always follow certain rules. … Ugliness is unpredictable and offers an infinite range of possibilities. Beauty is finite. Ugliness is infinite, like God.… More If it is true, as Stendhal famously remarked, that beauty is the promise of happiness; what then is ugliness the promise of?
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???
Listening to nature while waiting for answers from Paris – Evgenia Arbugaeva: Tiksi (2013) … watch: 7 Artists On the Arctic … Guido van der Werve: Nummer Acht: Everything is going to be alright (2007) . I turn yet again to Jan Zwicky Prelude There is, said Pythagoras, a sound the planet makes: a kind of music just outside… More 7 Artists On the Arctic
some of you might already have noticed my obsession with old bathtubs … imagine my surprise when I discovered the work of Dorothy Cross. Dorothy Cross: Eye of Shark For the past 10 years, Cross has used the shark as a recurring motif in her work, an animal that often remains out of human sight but… More Bathtubs – again …
Did I tell you about reading Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, an American Lyric? Well, actually, I have nothing new to add to all those marvellous analysis, reviews and comments already spinning around in the world … see: CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC … other than my very personal & intimate feeling of astonishment – of totally awe: How did… More Citizen
Higher Ground by Kate Gilmore, is a site specific performance featuring women in white dresses and red shoes, swinging on swings inside an empty house, painted very pink on the outside and lipstick red on the inside. The setting where the performance is taking place was once a private home, and was later used as a convent, a nunnery. I find… More The Nunnery
– looking at art Lisette Escobar: Stopping your Motion
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