An Ear to the Ground #28

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 [Robert Whitman – Untitled (shirts and clouds)]

Lines of Sight: Asian American Poetry on the Visual Arts

Asian American Writers Workshop is shining a light on some great writing done by poets and artists on the nature of visual art. Here is a quick sampling.

John Yau from Further Adventures in Monochrome

“I dwell in possibility, Emily Dickinson

I dwell in impossibility, Yves Klein

You should understand that I did not want you to read a painting. I wanted you to bathe in it before words domesticated the experience, and you turned to such stand-bys as “illumination” and “transcendent” to describe what happened to you. Painting should not be sentenced to sentences.”

Installation view of Lacuna | 2015 [Peter Daverington – Lacuna (installation shot)]

Another Dissenter: Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag

Another person who thinks art extends beyond the written word and defies languages need to define. Susan Sontag can be known as a writer of the erotics of art.  She is a very intelligent and intuitive theorist that argues for a read of art outside of language. This article brings up a lot on what is art and what is its purpose. There is always two sides to a coin so it’s nice every once and a while to hear a well written argument for art to stay a mystery.

 [Peles Empire – DUO 8, 2014]

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