15 May 2018

studies



Structures drawn with lead pencil on paper (top) and nylon thread 'webbed'  (below) - positive and negative.

30 April 2018

Sculptural aspects of language

Two texts from Between the Lines that depict language and writing as something that is tangible, akin to a sculptural process:

On writing, by Max Frisch, (one of my favourite writers) describes vividly that the substance of a text lies between the words and lines. "[...] language is like a chisel, which pares away all that is not a mystery, and everything said implies a taking away." The art is to come as close as possible to the surface of this mystery, to reveal it without scratching its surface, a surface that has no substance "[...] it exists only in the mind and not in Nature, where there is also no dividing line between mountain and sky."
From: Sketchbook 1946 - 1949

Thoughts on words, by Naoki Higashida, compares spoken language to a blue sea in which you can swim, dive and resurface.
From: Fall down 7 times get up 8, a young man's voice from the silence of autism

24 March 2018

"...it's kind of like being there"

I like the quietness of her work:

'Vija Celmins is an acclaimed Latvian-American artist whose work is famous for its astonishing patience. She can take a year or more to make a woodcut that portrays in minute detail the surface of the sea. A postcard of her work now sits above my desk, a reminder of the power of slow thinking.' 
From: The New York Review of Books Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction by Madeleine Bunting



Vija Celmins:
“I have been painting this image for maybe three years, on and off. So, you know, tedious for some, for me it's kind of like being there. [...]
I've always liked the scientific image because it is sort of anonymous. [...]
I still really like a lot of solitude - it's impossible to do anything without it. [...]”

18 January 2018

'Abbrechen'

The art of throwing sand - while simultaneously pressing the shutter button.
This happened while clearing up Aufbrechen.



Taking down temporary work is part of the process, so to speak. I remember it was fun.

Rediscovered while sifting and sorting images & documentation.