Sunday, 14 January 2018

An equivocal transition between day and night


...every act seems to be caught in an equivocal transition between day and night or vice versa; in other words, in the inquietude and expectation of an unpredictable change.
—Sarai Sherman

Sarai Sherman was a Pennsylvania-born Jewish American artist whose work, both in America and Europe shaped international views of women and abstract expressionism. She was a significant twentieth century painter and sculptor known for her abstract paintings, prints and ceramics. Her conceptual ideas were comparisons between reality and reminiscences, and a compelling concern with the world of others.  At time s her work was full of symbolic content.

The Italian art critic Duilio Morosini in her 1977 essay talks of Sherman showing a major recurring theme of an isolated urban solitude (expressed by an standardization of choices, in personal ideals and practical solutions, and hence the disappearance of feeling and communication).  In her painting the characters do not rely upon indicative details, rather upon the “whole” with its resolute “aura” (inherent in such pictorialization of the thought imagery).

Sunday, 7 January 2018

But that's not what ships are built for.


A ship is safe in the harbor,
But that's not what ships are built for.

Because in the sum of our human gleams,
We have created the vessel for our dreams.

Its purpose: to retrieve the alien shore,
To scout, seek, achieve and explore.

...And the harbored ships that fritter away,
Slowly begin to rot and decay.

(Gael Attal, 2009)

Monday, 1 January 2018

Action and inaction - in week one


“Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.” 
Albert Camus (1913-1960)

DAY ONE



“People are too complicated to have simple labels.” 
(Philip Pullman)

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Twelve


Winter sun - the marina - looking towards Europe.

“The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.” 

(T.H. White)

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Eleven


Winter sun - the marina

...transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life... 

(John Milton)

Friday, 29 December 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Ten


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

(King James)

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Nine



Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening

Paul Simon

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Eight


All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. 

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Seven



“If you keep wandering in the dark streets, may be it is because you find peace in the darkness rather than in the light!” 
― Mehmet Murat Ildan

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Six



It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

(Shakespeare)

Twelve Days of Christmas 2017 - Day Five



Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, 
Or what's a heaven for? 

Robert Browning