[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.
“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.”
[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]