With all the Illustrations the book does not have
Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza – review. Guardian
I found relevant images as I read the book. What a feast!
Arthur Streeton exhibition at the Art Gallery on NSW . (Dead Link)
If I were flying I’d love to see this exhibition in November.
I inherited a Heidelberg School book from my father, it’s full of Streeton and familiar to me. Australian impressionism.
Later: August 2021
Streeton gallery follows:
Bought this movie made by his daughter Rebecca Miller on Google Play and it worked on Chrome (not Safari) on the Mac, plugged into the TV.
Worth doing! The film about this man’s life is inspiring and moving. It had a big impact on me.
We have been watching movies written and directed by his daughter Rebecca Miller and they are great. Full of life, intense, psychodramatic. Leaves us with lots to discuss.
Rebecca Miller movies
Since my project ThousandSketches I have continued to sketch. Digital painting – but I like the term sketch. Many of these are on my art website. That site is still there but I’ve deprecated it and tried to integrate it into this blog. It’s a bit of a mess. Still, this blog becomes an art blog when you click the Art Category. Digital Sketches delivers just my own work.
I’m warming up to posting more. I’ve beed reflecting on the delicacy of nature, and the crudeness of humanity’s sometimes beautiful desire to transcend itself. This began with the earth crosses… natural textures of landscape cut by something I think of as human presence, fast and bold.
That’s 12 years ago. “Green Peace”
Here is a recent one – not in the earth cross series but maybe in a new one.
Maybe it is called “Science”, or “Civilisation”. Playing on the theme of putting borders or frames around art.
Do I put these in the container? or are they better left wild?
Listened to a talk tonight by Julia Holderness
There was no mention of “the theatre workshops at the Bauhaus” that were in the blurb & what attracted me.
Wonderful exploration of metaxy, medial aspect, “truth”.
Exhibitions | University of Canterbury
— Read on www.canterbury.ac.nz/arts/schools-and-departments/school-of-fine-arts/exhibitions/
Working with a range of archival materials from the Macmillan Brown Library & Heritage Collections, Julia Holderness explores her own textile making alongside that of artist and teacher Florence Akins (1906-2012). Akins’ documents relate to her teaching of textiles at the Canterbury College School of Art, and include lecture notes and other instructional resources such as colour diagrams. Holderness reworks them and presents their possible entanglement with the international Bauhaus movement. Connections are also made with Florence Weir (1899-1979), currently the only known New Zealander to have studied at the Bauhaus. In 1936 Weir designed the costumes and sets for a local Christchurch production, and these were said to have been inspired by her time at the Bauhaus. The production was never staged publicly, and in the absence of any surviving documentation, Holderness imagines these designs in an appliqué series. This exhibition is part of a Visual Arts PhD in practice-led research at Auckland University of Technology, in which Holderness develops practices of fabrication, approximation and invention to interrogate archives and their construction of art-historical narratives.
“…construction of art-history.” ?
David Eagleman is very clear on
- how we evolved
- how we are evolving
- education for spontaneity not content
Notice, again, how the cultural conserves stimulate creativity.
Now I want to watch the PBS doco
Later the same day!
Watched the first two episodes of the PBS series. They are on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvPu2kYstcg
Very good. Well done. And yet as we watched we realised the misses a psychological dimension. Metaphor. Surplus reality. Theatre of truth.
For example. He shows some remarkable research about the implanting of false memories. But he draws the wrong conclusion. These memories my not be literally true, but literalism is the enemy soul. The story that is recontructed like dreams interpreted may have more meaning than the literal truths. Give the psyche a story, and it will use it to reveal depths.
I called this an autopix when I did them. I could do the outline with my eyes shut. Love to re-kindle.
Just read this here:
The reader is the musician of the book
“Books are frozen voices, in the same way that musical scores are frozen music. The score is a way of transmitting the music to someone who can play it, releasing it into the air where it can once more be heard. And the black alphabet marks on the page represent words that were once spoken, if only in the writer’s head. They lie there inert until a reader comes along and transforms the letters into living sounds. The reader is the musician of the book: each reader may read the same text, just as each violinist plays the same piece, but each interpretation is different.”
This of course rhymes and echoes with the concept of the Canon of Creativity – conserves > warm up > spontaneity > creativity.
I’m writing this post as it goes well with a thought we developed recently about The Writer.
The writer is the servant of the vision.
The writer can give the voice to the vision. The writer is not you, or the whole of you. The writer has a job to to. The vision needs no bounds. The writer will prune and edit in a way the visionary can’t.
The discipline of the writer will paradoxically enhance the vision.