Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Day in the studio...finally

Started to transcribe the dreams onto tissue, then the table underneath had been marked by the letters. Like the pattern.

Wrapped the dress in the dream.

Started to glaze the dresses. Solid white glaze - lets see.

Porcelain with wax dips.

Projection onto table

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Dissatisfaction quote

Dissatisfaction is a significant key to quality. “Art,” said the American sculptor John Chamberlain, “is basically made by dissatisfied people who are willing to find some means to relieve the dissatisfaction.” In the midst of dissatisfaction ways are found. Without dissatisfaction it is swiftly possible to fall in love with your own mediocrity. Utter dissatisfaction can be liberating. “If the wine is not good,” said Michelangelo, “then throw it out.

Dissatisfaction (Robert Genn) - via Communicatrix on Twitter

Quote tagged as: note_to_self

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The Known Universe

American Museum of Natural History

Like the zooming back in best.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Late Bloomers

Article from the New Yorker

20th October 2008, Full Article

But late bloomers, Galenson says, tend to work the other way around. Their approach is experimental. "Their goals are imprecise, so their procedure is tentative and incremental," Galenson writes in "Old Masters and Young Geniuses," and he goes on:

The imprecision of their goals means that these artists rarely feel they have succeeded, and their careers are consequently often dominated by the pursuit of a single objective. These artists repeat themselves, painting the same subject many times, and gradually changing its treatment in an experimental process of trial and error. Each work leads to the next, and none is generally privileged over others, so experimental painters rarely make specific preparatory sketches or plans for a painting. They consider the production of a painting as a process of searching, in which they aim to discover the image in the course of making it; they typically believe that learning is a more important goal than making finished paintings. Experimental artists build their skills gradually over the course of their careers, improving their work slowly over long periods. These artists are perfectionists and are typically plagued by frustration at their inability to achieve their goal.


Get Cezanne's biography.

Benjamin Ducroz


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Thursday, 17 December 2009

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Messiah @ English National Opera

My first opera. My flatmate was in it, so I had incentive! but the stage sets were fantastic. This is the only picture I can find which sort of shows the glass coffin shaped boxes, but the set in Act 1 was also amazing, with hundreds of bulbs descending from above, and a glossy black floor, which sitting so high up in the cheap seats, was really reflective. More of a moving installation of sculpture, singing, projections and dance. All the old buffers in the audience did not seem to like this very contemporary interpretation, but for me it was a piece of 3 hour magic.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Monday, 7 December 2009

Repulsion by Roman Polanski

Watched this week. Cool illusionary scenes where all the furniture is too big or too small when shes losing it. I did scream a little bit.

How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves - additional quotes

pg. 22

The confidence generated by this remorseless expansion in scientific knowledge fostered the belief in its intrinsic superiority over the philosophic view, with the expectation that the universe and everything within it would ultimately be explicable in terms of its material properties alone. Science would become the 'only begetter of truth', its forms of knowledge not only more reliable but more valuable than those of the humanities. (Materialism).


There is a powerful impression that science has been looking in the wrong place, seeking to resolve questions whose answers lie somehow outside its domain. This is not just a matter of science not yet knowing all the facts; rather that there is the sense that something of immense importance is 'missing' that might transform the bare bones of genes into the wondrous diversity of the living world, and the monotonous electrical firing of the neurons of the brain into the vast spectrum of sensations and ideas of the human mind.


Michael Posner
The most striking feature of the neurosciences, 'unparalleled' in any other field of scientific enquiry, is how each of the phases of the progressive unravelling of the secrets of the brain has been marked by a further deepening of the perplexity of its links with the spiritual mind.


Once again the seemingly irresoluble conundrum of the relationship of the physical brain to the spiritual mind has resurfaced, escaping the confines of science to become, as philosopher John Searle describes it, 'the most important problem: how do neurological processes of the brain cause those inner-first-person qualitative phenomena [of the mind]?'

Thomas Kuhn - paradigm shift