Embroidery & invention.

“Let her, unless she is inwardly compelled to invent, remain content to do good needlework.” Lewis F. Day.
Because clearly needlework and invention are in no way related?!


Unteachable & unlearnable

“I have completed the construction of my burrow and it seems to be successful” Kafka – The Burrow

In the story the creator of the burrow is forever shifting between the inside and outside. – Andrew Warstat (on not knowing – how artists think)

Like Bachelard’s skin I am thinking, between knowing and trusting instincts.

organic intellectualism

From “under Pressure” by Ute Meta Bauer.  (on curating inside the institution)

“Is it still possible to believe, as Antonio Gramsci did, in the artist as an organic intellectual whose role is not to act subordinate but to be critically independent voice that negotiates civil society? In some ways. But it is most important not to fall into the trap of considering any of the art world’s players or institutions as fixed entities. This constant flux, this shift of what outside and inside even are, makes it possible to open a space in education for rethinking values and judgements and to develop new critical practices. The biggest challenge may not be the pressure of the art market, but the willingness of the academy to challenge itself.”

Lauterbach – The Thing Seen

Still reading about art & education

” How do we inform the public that art is not a luxury, not a mere entertainment, that artists are not the spoiled children of an indulgent culture? Perhaps most important, how do we sow down our responses so that our opinions are aligned to judgments that are informed by what we know? How do we convince the public that neither complexity nor difficulty in art – in thinking about and responding to art – is a formula for estrangement but an invitation to imagine solutions to seemingly intractable problems and predicaments in contemporary life? To teach persons to make art is to teach them to resist the commodification of their wills and desires, to use flexibility and ingenuity in the face of adversarial forces, to build capacity for the attention and response to that which is not like them or belongs to them.”

Ann Lauterbach – The Thing Seen – Reimagining Arts Education for Now

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:: Definition of FACTURE : the manner in which something (as a painting) is made ::

“The gap between Koon’s idea of painting and the results he gets from his generally skillful crew points to a fundamental principle at the crux of the dilemmas now facing those who teach studio and poststudio art. For if LeWitt is right that “banal ideas cannot be rescued by skillful execution”, the banality of the idea may nevertheless have its origins in an artist’s inability to discern and act on the qualities intrinsic to his or her medium, while remainingvigilant to what the medium itself may be inclined to do and, in the process, what it may suggest to the maker, thereby complementing or altering his or her intention. Under these circumstances, facture is invention rather than execution.Making is thinking. Repeated experience of such physically engaged cognition and cognition stimulates and stocks what the French art historian Henri Focillon called “the mind in the hand”. there is no substitute for that mind’s knowledge or for its powers of imagination – and no fast track for realizing its potential.

To say this is not to recreate the cult of authenticity that is attached to the autograph work  (primarily the concern of romantics and art dealers), but simply to assert that logos, the sign of reason and divinity, resides not just in the text but in the body and its phenomenological awareness of its own capacities and of the sensual world around it.”

From the essay Dear Colleague by Robert Storr, collected in Art School (propositions for the 21st century) ed. Steven Henry Madoff



a tangled web

“The pioneer scientist must have a vivid intuitive imagination, for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by artistically creative imagination.”

—Max Planck

“Your mind is like the universe. You have billions of bits of thoughts, observations, and information floating around in your conscious and subconscious mind, totally unobserved, with each bit presenting a multiple of possibilities which evolve and change over time. These thoughts are in multiple states such as words, phrases, metaphors, images, feelings, dreams, symbols, abstractions, voices, and so on. Particles of thought pop up out of nothingness and become entangled with other thoughts influencing each other instantaneously. Much like subatomic particles,  these entities have no real existence; they exist only in a probabilistic state of many different possibilities.”

source: how the mind creates ideas

I love this, because it seems to me very much like how a work of art is generated, lots of random things popping in and out of the web of consciousness.


Clown in the moon

My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.

I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.

Dylan Thomas