Tuesday, August 31
Sunday, August 29
Rossetti illustrated poems and this is the frontispiece of her sister's book "Goblin Market and Other Poems" published in 1862. He also did projects for stained glasses but as soon as you look at one of his works as an illustrator, painter or in his drawings for the stained glasses the firts thing that comes to your mind is "Oh! A Rossetti." He was also a poet.
Saturday, August 28
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JAMES JOYCE AND PALE BLAKEBy Elaine MingusCritics and scholars often do not agree on the writings of either Joyce or William Blake. This is because of their complexity, also inconsistencies especially in Blake, and it humbles us to try and understand their writings. Nor is there agreement about how and how much Joyce used the writings of Blake. I have tried to steer a middle course between two extremes. There are sources common to both, such as The Egyptian Book of the Dead. Some things were merely corroborated for Joyce in Blake. Whatever Joyce did take from anyone was reshaped, expanded, and fused into his own vision.William Blake was an engraver by trade and had his own technique of illuminated printing. He embellished all of his writing beautifully in color and also with drawing, and was better known for his painting than for his writing.Blake lived in London from 1757 to 1823, a very different time than Joyce’s time. It was an age that was very unsympathetic to any “open vision” or what seemed eccentric or heretical. But Blake was from a dissenting family with the belief that God might speak to one directly. He was self-taught and did not accept anything wholly but was inspired by Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg and others. He greatly benefited by his marriage to Catherine Boucher and she supported his efforts always.“Imagination leads to wisdom and insight” said Blake, and “The harlot’s cry from street to street shall weave Old England’s winding sheet”. He had his own style and copied no one.Blake believed in the divinity of man and in identification of body with soul. He was not seen as a mystic but a visionary artist and poet. He was once considered a madman, now revered as a major poet of English Literature, though still considered by many to be a genius who was half-mad. Blake once said, “The prophets Isaiah and Ezekial dined with me”, and he claimed that supernatural powers dictated to him. In his “Milton”, Milton reincarnates and enters the body of Blake.William Blake was greatly influenced by the American and the French Revolutions which he and others thought heralded the Apocalypse, expected at any time. A social rebel with very radical beliefs, Blake was mainly ignored by the general public. He rebelled against prevailing Victorian morals. “Thou Shalt Nots”, and followed natural instincts rather than adhere to standards of society, and the same can be said of Joyce. Blake was a symbolist who invented his own symbols, like spectres and emanations.“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s”, he said.The British government was cracking down on radicals, and some of Blake’s friends were being jailed, which is partially the reason for some of the obscurity in his writing. As with Joyce, he had financial difficulties all his life in part because of the lack of getting published. (Keep reading)
Sunday, August 22
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I just came across with the site The Wooster Collective.
woo·ster (noun) A street in the Soho section of New York City col·lec·tive (noun) Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision. The Wooster Collective was founded in 2001. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.
Tuesday, August 17
"Many artists change their minds while painting. X-ray examination has revealed that Raphael planned quite a different background for his portrait of Julius II.""Although artists drew their compositions on a prepared panel or canvas, they sometimes changed their mind during the process of painting. Traces of previous work in the paint layers are often called pentimenti. The term derives from the Italian ‘pentirsi’, meaning to repent."Due to the increasing transparency that certain paints acquire with age, some alterations become visible to the naked eye.Other pentimenti can be revealed by x-radiography. The best-known use of x-radiographs is in medical imaging. It is also valuable in the examination of paintings. This is principally because lead white, the most important white pigment used before the 20th century, absorbs x-rays forming an image on film.‘Pentimenti’ in Raphael’s workWhen Raphael’s portrait of Julius II entered the National Gallery in 1824 it was regarded to be the original. But it soon came to be judged as an early copy of another version, now in the Uffizi in Florence. This was due to the fact that the painting was obscured by discoloured varnish and repainting.In 1969, an investigation of the National Gallery picture with x-rays revealed numerous changes, including a radical revision of the background. The painting was then cleaned, confirming that it was Raphael’s original version. This also revealed some of the pentimenti now partly visible to the naked eye.Before Raphael applied the final green colour, the background behind the pope consisted of a pattern of teardrop-shaped fields.These fields contained heraldic symbols arranged in diagonal rows, representing alternately the papal tiara, crossed keys and another symbol, which was most likely the Della Rovere oak tree (Della Rovere being the Pope Julius II’s family name).A number of paint samples from the background were investigated as cross-sections allowing a diagrammatic colour reconstruction of the first brightly coloured blue and yellow patterned background."
Monday, August 16
"Old paint on canvas, as it ages, sometimws becomes trasparent. When that happens it is possible, in some pictures, to see the original lines: a tree will show through a woman's dress, a child manes way for a dog, a large boat is no longer on an open sea. That is called pentimento because the painter "repented," changed his mind. Perhaps it would be as well to say the old conception, replaced by a later choice, is a way of seeing and then seeing again.That is all I mean about the people in this book. The paint has aged now and I wanted to see what was there for once, what is there for now."
Saturday, August 14
"We do invest religious emotion in our objects. Look at how beautifully objects are depicted in ads on Sunday newspapers. It's all very emotional. Objects are body images, after all, created by humans, filled with human emotion, objects of worship."*
Friday, August 13
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Wednesday, August 11
I am a Led Zeppelin fan as I have already confessed here but I never published any of their musics and thought I would not do so.
But today I feel like doing it and I did chose Kashmir because it is a music that has a kind of intensity that astonish many people and there is the orchestra with the violins that goes in a crescendo the reminds Ravel and a kind of magical or spiritual appeal. I am also dedicating this post to John Paul Jones the bass player because I think that his work is not well recognized. He is quite a musician and you can click at his photo to learn a little bit more about him. Led Zeppelin is a combination of four great musicians and it is rare.
Tuesday, August 10
"I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us."
- Ansel Adams
At the site The Ansel Adams Gallery there are more of his art as well as other black and white photographers. There are also many other artists that use different techniques. Quite inspiring and following Ansel Adam's wish.
Right: Leaf, Glacier Bay, 1948. Left: Moonrise, Hernandez, 1941.
Monday, August 9
Sunday, August 8
“I suppose the thing I’d most would have like to have known or be reassured about is that in the world is what counts more than talent, what counts more than energy or concentration or commitment or anything else is kindness. And the more in the world you encounter kindness, and cheerfulness (which is kind of its amiable uncle or aunt), just the better the world always is – and all the big words: virtue, justice, truth, are dwarfed by the greatness of kindness."
Saturday, August 7
Friday, August 6
"...chasing technique, chasing an answer is fatal...""...the worse thing you can ever do in life is set yourself goals...""...work is more fun than fun...""...what uncusseful people have in common is that they talk about themselves all the time""...American television is fillled of people sitting in talkshows "I need... I need.. " whining. ...""... travelling and reading to me is such a pleasure, I don't concieve life without them. ...""...to admire is enourmesly helpful...""... if you wish to learn the guitar... you are learning with friend, together...""... learning is all about other people..""....I would say that probably one of the most wonderful things you can be given in life is the ability to give...""... is knowledge the same thing as truth?...""...authority comes from the validity of information, being repeatable, being open, being free, and not coming with a threat... 'this is the case you must believe it or you die'...""...we know that order is a dangerous word...""... we are all citizen-journalists by blogging...""...that is the beauty of internet, there are lots of guardians for us out there. We do make a fuss when liberty is threaten. ..."".. the world, and the history of the world, is full of people who feel out of place either from their family or from the community..."" ...you want to be a part of the tribe and you want to be apart from the tribe..."
Thursday, August 5
"Rudy Burckhardt’s career dates from 1935 to 1999. Working in the mediums of photography, art films, and collaborative dance and theatre experiments while continuing his own, less well known realist painting, his work has found an important if underground niche in American 20th century modernism. The mix of disciplines was not a good gestalt in this era; by temperament he eluded definition; yet he became something of a cult figure during the heyday of the New York School. The value of his versatility and its relationship to cross-disciplinary practices by later artists remains to be measured more fully."Burckhardt reputedly got more out of the live moments of shooting than darkroom work. Titles like Haircut 20 cents, Waffles, and Sidewalk IV convey a burlesque routine of eating, reading, walking, and riding not unlike life today except for the props."