American Art – Part I of II: Diane Eugster
In the words of one critic, “Diane feels in order for a painting to work it must be successful on several layers – design, drawing, color and emotional content.” In her words, “I’m always struggling to bring the quality of all these elements together. When everything interacts as I want it, it’s a great day, when it doesn’t I consider it a challenge to work harder.”
Australian Art – Part I of II: Hans Heysen
Born 8 October 1877 – Hans Heysen, a German-born Australian painter.
“Many adults feel that every children’s book has to teach them something…. My theory is a children’s book… can be just for fun.” –
R. L. Stine, American writer known as the “Stephen King of children’s literature” and author of the “Goosebumps” books series, who was born 8 October 1943.
Australian Art – Part II of II: Janne Kearney
Here is one critic describing the artistry of Australian painter Janne Kearney: “A painter of stories, people and life… that is how Janne Kearney describes herself, her recent body of work is not just paintings of tattooed bodies, its more than that, it chronicles tattooed people’s lives.
She has an enormous respect for tattoo artists and a fascination for tattoo art and the mystical quality it possesses.”
Italian Art – Part I of II: Bruno Bruni
Here is how one art historian describes Italian-German painter, sculptor, and lithographer Bruno Bruni (born 1935): “Admired as one of Germany’s top ranking artists, Bruno Bruni was born in Gradara, a small town near the Adriatic Sea in Italy’s Pesaro Province. Bruni began his art studies at the Pesaro Institute of Art from 1953-59 and in 1960 moved to Hamburg, where he studied at the State University for the Visual Arts. During this time, Bruni worked as a graphic designer while developing themes in his paintings and prints which would appear in his later bronze works. Deeply rooted in the sensual, physical world of Italian classical painting and molded by the rich Italian/Germanic mixture of his ancestry, Bruni has evolved a powerful, deeply individual aesthetic.”
From the Music Archives: Fred Cash
Born 8 October 1940 – Fred Cash, an American vocalist best known for being a member of The Impressions.
Italian Art – Part II of II: Linda Carrara
Nobel Laureate: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
8 October 1970 – Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature “for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature.”
Some quotes from the work of Alexander Solzhenitsyn:
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes… we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions – especially selfish ones.”
“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.”
“A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.”
“The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.”
“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”
“It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.”
“Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.”
“How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?”
“Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.”
“Man has set for himself the goal of conquering the world but in the processes loses his soul.”
“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.”
“Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.”
“Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience… from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.”
“If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?”
“For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.”
“Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.”
“The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.”
“The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.”
“I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.”
“The clock of communism has stopped striking. But its concrete building has not yet come crashing down. For that reason, instead of freeing ourselves, we must try to save ourselves from being crushed by its rubble.”
“Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory.”
Latvian painter Agita Keiri has a BFA and an MFA in Painting from the Latvian State Academy of Art.
“To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.” – Richard Whately, English rhetorician, logician, economist, theologian, and Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, who died on 8 October 1863.
Some quotes from Richard Whately:
“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.”
“Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.”
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”
“Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one.”
“It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do.”
“In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed; we see the most indistinctly the objects which are close around us.”
“To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.”
“As one may bring himself to believe almost anything he is inclined to believe, it makes all the difference whether we begin or end with the inquiry, ‘What is truth?’”
“To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions, in order to avoid erring in our own judgment, is but to exchange one danger for another.”
Canadian sculptor Jean Pierre Laroque earned a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Died 8 October 1897 – Alexei Savrasov, a Russian painter.
Below – “The Rooks Have Come Back”; “View of the Kremlin from the Krymsky Bridge in Inclement Weather”; “Sundown over a Marsh”;
“Early Spring: Thaw”; “Evening: Migration of Birds”; “Rasputitsa” (“Sea of Mud”).
A Poem for Today
“No More Cliches,”
By Octavio Paz
That like a daisy opens its petals to the sun
So do you
Open your face to me as I turn the page.
Any man would be under your spell,
Oh, beauty of a magazine.
How many poems have been written to you?
How many Dantes have written to you, Beatrice?
To your obsessive illusion
To you manufactured fantasy.
But today I won’t make one more Cliché
And write this poem to you.
No, no more clichés.
This poem is dedicated to those women
Whose beauty is in their charm,
In their intelligence,
In their character,
Not on their fabricated looks.
This poem is to you women,
That like a Shahrazade wake up
Everyday with a new story to tell,
A story that sings for change
That hopes for battles:
Battles for the love of the united flesh
Battles for passions aroused by a new day
Battle for the neglected rights
Or just battles to survive one more night.
Yes, to you women in a world of pain
To you, bright star in this ever-spending universe
To you, fighter of a thousand-and-one fights
To you, friend of my heart.
From now on, my head won’t look down to a magazine
Rather, it will contemplate the night
And its bright stars,
And so, no more clichés.
Here is one critic describing the background and artistry of English sculptor Sophie Ryder: “Sophie Ryder was born in London, England, in 1963. She studied Combined Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts where, while obtaining her diploma in painting, she was encouraged by fellow artist to develop her sculpture. Inspired by Picasso, Goya and Henry Moore, she famously developed the Lady Hare as a counter part to Ancient Greek mythology’s Minotaur.”
“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way.” – Frank Herbert, American science fiction writer and author of “Dune,” who was born on 8 October 1920.
Some quotes from Frank Herbert:
“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
“Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.”
“If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.”
“What do you despise? By this are you truly known.”
“Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?”
“Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.”
“It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.”
“Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.”
“There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”
“When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.”
“The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.”
Here is one critic describing the artistry of French doll maker Malou Anceling: “It was in the 70s she began creating her first out of dolls resin coated leather or her rag dolls, from paper or cotton waste, which gives them a particularly surprising aspect
After many sculptures and various tests Malou Ancelin rose to a new technique, that of using for her dolls paper mache sculptures. This is a material she loves especially, since she cites ‘the paper is a material that can be read, pick up, throw and shape.’”
A Second Poem for Today
“The Beautiful Changes,”
By Richard Wilbur
One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.
The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
By a chameleon’s tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.
Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things’ selves for a second finding, to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.
Here is how one historian describes the career of Chinese artist Feng Chang- Jiang (born 1943): “With his talent and effort, he was awarded numerous times and was recognized as an ‘Eminent Artist.’ In 1997, Feng relocated to New York to further develop his artistic career. His exhibitions in the U.S. were successful and aroused the interest of many foreign viewers and collectors.”
A Third Poem for Today
“For Lew Welch In A Snowfall,”
By Gary Snyder
Snowfall in March:
I sit in the white glow reading a thesis
About you. Your poems, your life.
The author’s my student,
He even quotes me.
Forty years since we joked in a kitchen in Portland
Twenty since you disappeared.
All those years and their moments—
Crackling bacon, slamming car doors,
Poems tried out on friends,
Will be one more archive,
One more shaky text.
Here is how one critic describes the background of Hungarian sculptor Ligeti Miklos (1871-1944): “He pursued his studies in Vienna and Paris, where he kept in touch with Auguste Rodin. Miklos was fascinated by the new techniques introduced by the French artist, especially regarding the very innovative use of plastic forms. In fact, Rodin tried to overcome the classic style, in which cleanness of lines and perfect geometric proportions of measures are absolute rules.”
A Fourth Poem for Today
“Beyond the Red River,”
By Thomas McGrath
The birds have flown their summer skies to the south,
And the flower-money is drying in the banks of bent grass
Which the bumble bee has abandoned. We wait for a winter lion,
Body of ice-crystals and sombrero of dead leaves.
A month ago, from the salt engines of the sea,
A machinery of early storms rolled toward the holiday houses
Where summer still dozed in the pool-side chairs, sipping
An aging whiskey of distances and departures.
Now the long freight of autumn goes smoking out of the land.
My possibles are all packed up, but still I do not leave.
I am happy enough here, where Dakota drifts wild in the universe,
Where the prairie is starting to shake in the surf of the winter dark.