Complicity and Contingency


We live somewhere in tension between complicity and contingency. It's not a linear polarity, this space. These are not categories with any sort of rough equivalency. Complicity is a state. We are within a relationship to the forces that seek to destroy. Some of these we are aware of, others are hidden from us, some… Continue reading Complicity and Contingency

What is


Listening to, or reading Krishnamurti, as he gives a talk, has been something I've had to ease myself into. It's funny, the same has been true of David Bohm, of John Berger, of David Abram – my first reading of the Dark Mountain Manifesto! There is a floodgate of excitement that threatens to over power… Continue reading What is

Craft’s Collision with Civilization, a starting point


Andrew Taggart recently asked me to clarify how I see the deterioration and loss of Craft resulting from its confrontation with civilization. This is a big question! Let's begin with a few definitions. I'm beginning to see Craft as a central focal point in examining how our confrontation with civilization has led us to where… Continue reading Craft’s Collision with Civilization, a starting point

Notes on the Sources of Art


This piece has grown during the writing, pushed ahead by the ambition of its title, only slightly modified by the insertion of the word "Notes…" I'm resisting the urge to break it up into my customary 1,500 words. I need to break that habit as much as we all need not to get too comfortable… Continue reading Notes on the Sources of Art

Between Spectacle and Sight


"So as to Present a Short Digression on the Difference Between Spectacle and Sight; How an Inability to See Leads Us to Seek After Solace in Spectacle." I keep running into what I consider a conflation of the visual with naive or unthinking, with what we might call Spectacle versus something with substance. I suspect… Continue reading Between Spectacle and Sight

Cross-post from Antonio Dias Art


I've created a new site for my painting. I've cross-posted a series of essays from this site to introduce to readers/viewers there. Now this post goes in the opposite direction. 'There's a dimension that we don't understand." In Stephens' & Swan's biography, deKooning, (Milton) Resnick said, "There's a dimension that we don't understand. In other… Continue reading Cross-post from Antonio Dias Art

Do We Need Leaders?


Do we need leaders when our most pressing task is to collapse with as much, or as little, grace as we can muster? Do we need to maintain the fiction that leaders are necessary? Movements require leaders to galvanize the masses and run herd on them. Movements are mechanisms to chain us to ideologies, not… Continue reading Do We Need Leaders?

Berger’s “The Moment of Cubism” part II


They began to see complexity not as a negative, as the merely inconveniently complicated; but as a fact; an essential attribute of our condition; something that must be confronted squarely, not simply wished away. This can only happen through the direct experience of complexity. This cannot happen without a ground for experience.

On Berger’s “the Moment of Cubism”


This is the first part of a different sort of post. I’ve mentioned John Berger’s essay, The Moment of Cubism a number of times recently. While I recommend you read the original I felt it was time I describe why I find it such a vital document. Berger differentiates “The Moment of Cubism” from the… Continue reading On Berger’s “the Moment of Cubism”

Pushing Past Futility


I've always had a poor tolerance for futility. Faced with a task I sense is futile, I'm like a cat with a sock on its back. I just collapse under the weight of absurdity. This has rarely made me popular. The war of attrition waged by this on friendships forged under the sunny skies of… Continue reading Pushing Past Futility

Reciprocity & Regard


…regard is where our ability to chose beats against the limits to our existence.

What are we up against?


We're still talking about Enormity. It takes an enormous amount of effort to even glance at these potentialities without wanting to run away and hide. But then, there's more….