Contemporariness

Two selections from Giorgio Agamben’s “What Is the Contemporary?” published in Nudities, translated by David Kishik and Stefan Pedatella (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), pages 13-15. 3. The poet–the contemporary–must firmly hold his gaze on his own time. But what does he who sees his time actually see? What is this demented grin on the face …

Shift (1970)

Shift is a large outdoor sculpture by American artist Richard Serra, located in King City, Ontario, Canada about 50 kilometers north of Toronto. The work was commissioned in 1970 by art collector Roger Davidson and installed on his family property. Shift consists of six large concrete forms, each 20 centimeters thick and 1.5 meters high, zigzagging over about four hectares of rolling countryside. What I …

The Essentials

Alexander Liberman, Agnes Martin with Level and Ladder, 1960. Essentials for new goals: patience + efforthave a clear visionslow and steady winsself love keeps you strongsee the joy in every momentturn big goals into small taskshave the courage to keep goingexpectations can slow you downcalmness supports good decisionsreflect on how you can do it betterwhen you …

WHOLE

They tell me alchemy doesn't exist, But I took this pain And I turned it to gold; This self-loathing to wine. I learned how to transform destruction into growth How to take all these broken, chipped, Fragmented pieces And make something WHOLE.

Rhythm

Life has its own rhythm and you cannot impose your own structure upon it, you have to listen to what it tells you... it's not earth that you move with a tractor... life is not like that. Life is more like earth that you learn about and plant seeds in... it's something you have to …

Self Reclamation Through Ritual-in-Performance

"That which in art reminds us of our greater selves, our unexplored potentials, and our personal mysteries —however beautiful, dignified, humiliating, or painful— ultimately opens us to transpersonal realities of which we are not immediately conscious." In her fantastic article about the work of Ana Mendieta and Yoko Ono, Deborah K. Ultan explored how both …

Twenty Twenty

Trust yourself. Act and speak from a place of truth. Breathe better. Deeper, longer, more mindful. Full belly breaths. Move with breath. Be gentle. Be kind. Practice gratitude and compassion. Gratitude is one step closer to presence. Be present in order to identify and manage your emotions. Don't be afraid of feelings of discomfort. Feelings …