Saturday, September 09, 2006

Wishful Thinking/Old Man Describing an Umbrella



The first title is mine, the second is from the title generator suggested by commentator Sharkrey. I'd seen these for band names, didn't know they existed for artworks too. Thanks Sharkrey.

One theory I have about beauty in the arts is that it's a sensory overreaction. What would that be? Well, we are used to tuning out noise and mistakes to a certain degree. Our senses are compensatory mechanisms. But when the art comes, our senses which were all ready to spring into action fixing up things suddenly find themselves with nothing to do. The art is pure in some way our senses didn't expect. So they react like pulling at a tug-o-war when the other side lets go. There's surprise, overbalance, sometimes a knock out.

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Blogger John S. Meade said...

"Beauty is but the start of a terror we can hardly bear ... serene scorn... kill us" -- R.M. Rilke. -- who said something or other like that. But don't get too over excited. He's the guy who also remarked (paraphrased (as only I (and a few other million) can do it))

"Jus' look at dat. See? Dis angel comes ta town, see? an' he's lookin' fer you only he can't tell who's livin' an' who ain't. Go figure. So where you gonna hide? huh? Find some arms? mebbee a couple breasts? Not good enough. Life(full || empty) ain't in his criteria. Best to be kilt by overpowering beauty than to live (and suffer and later die from)undercompensated kindness.

[http://homestar.org/bryannan/duino.html]
Not my favorite translation but you'll get the idea if you're good at that kinda thing...

Beauty is exactly that. An overload.

Overloads lead to reconfigurations.

Reconfigurations push our consciousness to new and quite often higher energy levels.

Those same high energy levels compel us to enjoy our being.

Burma Shave.

The hunt for and the capture of and the purposeful use of beauty leads to the same release. Aesthetic? Physical?

Personally, I'd rather sleep with the Smiles than sleep with the fishes... but that's just me talking from both my heads about both recent contributions at the same time.

9/11/2006 8:31 AM

 
Blogger Philip Northover said...

Hi John, I think your write-ups are better than mine! Enjoyed the Bryannan page too. :-)

9/12/2006 8:09 AM

 

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