Intense moments of perception with the subtleties and grandeur of nature —and they are often one and the same— are among the most potent and lasting archetypes of Beauty and Transcendence which we, citizens of the post-industrial world, still experience. These moments —a small flower blossoming, a spider web, a chrysalis, the arousal from sleep of hidden faunae, a call from an unseen and unknown animal in the distance, the scent of coming rain, among countless others— offer an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
In 1986, when Jim Hodges had just graduated from art school, he regularly destroyed his own finished works. The materials he used then — mainly dirt and dust — were throwaways anyway. But these ritual mutilations, he said, reflected “a punk attitude of destruction, a kind of anarchist approach to things.” They were also the … Read More
Yamamoto Masao writes the following in Shizuka (Cleanse) Living in the forest, I feel the presence of many “treasures” breathing quietly in nature. I call this presence “Shizuka.” “Shizuka” means cleansed, pure, clear, and untainted. I walk around the forest and harvest my “Shizuka” treasures from soil. I try to catch the faint light radiated … Read More
Art alone makes life possible – this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms. – Joseph Beuys
Ce motif millénaire, il le fend par le milieu. On n’est pas pour rien disciple de Chiang-Tzu ! Et des hémi-femmes qui en découlent il se sert pour river son clou au métal estoffié : à sculpteur cultivé femmes culturistes. C’est là bien sûr qu’il se montre le moins charitable. Quoi de plus drôle en … Read More
Photography is dead. That news may come as a surprise, since obituaries about art tend to be written about painting. Invented in the 1830s, photo-graphy is still in its infancy as an art form compared to the centuries-old medium of painting. Despite inventions like portable paint tubes and fast-drying acrylic, painting has not undergone the … Read More
Ces oeuvres rappellent le grand intérêt que Lee Bae porte à la matière et à la façon, lente, de la travailler. Elles remettent en avant une quête spirituelle et une dimension du temps omniprésentes dans sa démarche: le temps inhérent à l’histoire même du charbon de bois et à la manière dont il le traite. – … Read More