Sentient in Seattle – 28 June 2018

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 28 June 1867 – Luigi Pirandello, an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, short story writer, and recipient of the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Luigi Pirandello:

“Those who understood, in fact, say: ‘I mustn’t do this, I mustn’t do that,’ so as not to commit some stupidity or other! Splendid! But at a certain point we realize that all life is stupidity; so tell me yourself what it means never to have done anything foolish. At the very least it means you have never lived.”
“Life is full of strange absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true.”
“Life is a very sad piece of buffoonery, because we have .. the need to fool ourselves continuously by the spontaneous creation of a reality .. which, from time to time, reveals itself to be vain and illusory.”
“There is someone who is living my life. And I know nothing about him.”
“If only we could see in advance all the harm that can come from the good we think we are doing.”
“We’re like so many puppets hung on the wall, waiting for someone to come and move us or make us talk.”
“We ride through life on the beast within us. Beat the animal, but you can’t make it think.”
“Our spirits have their own private way of understanding each other, of becoming intimate, while our external persons are still trapped in the commerce of ordinary words, in the slavery of social rules. Souls have their own needs and their own ambitions, which the body ignores when it sees that it’s impossible to satisfy them or achieve them.”

Art for Summer – Part I of II: Tom Hopkins (Canadian, contemporary)

Below – “Somnambulist (Red Robe)”; “Sightline: Division”; “Study for the Second Guardian”

For Your Information – 28 June is National Tapioca Day in the United States.

Art forSummer – Part II of II: Dennis Hopper (American, 1936-2010)

Below – “Venice 1995” (print mounted on canvas); “Andy Warhol 1963” (photograph); “Out of the 60s” (photograph)

Remembering a Legendary Figure from the American Old West: Died 28 June 1880 – John Baker “Texas Jack” Omohundro, an American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy.

Below (left to right) – Ned Buntline, Buffalo Bill Cody, Giuseppina Morlacchi (dancer, actress, and wife of Texas Jack Omohundro), Texas Jack Omohundro.

This Date in Art History: Died 28 June 1917 – Stefan Luchian, a Romanian painter.

Below – “Anemone Flowers”; “Safta the Flower Girl”; “The River Meadow at Poduri”; “The Laundress”; “Chrysanthemums”; “Interior” (Luchain’s last painting).

Worth a Thousand Words: A photograph of a polar vortex taken by astronaut Scott Kelly in 2016.

This Date in Art History: Born 28 June 1893 – August Zamoyski, a Polish sculptor.

Below – “Nu”; “Tango”; “Pieta”; “Portrait of Louis Marcoussis”; “Chopin.”

A Poem for Today

by Joy Harjo

I must keep from breaking into the story by force
for if I do I will find myself with a war club in my hand
and the smoke of grief staggering toward the sun,
your nation dead beside you.

I keep walking away though it has been an eternity
and from each drop of blood
springs up sons and daughters, trees,
a mountain of sorrows, of songs.

I tell you this from the dusk of a small city in the north
not far from the birthplace of cars and industry.
Geese are returning to mate and crocuses have
broken through the frozen earth.

Soon they will come for me and I will make my stand
before the jury of destiny. Yes, I will answer in the clatter
of the new world, I have broken my addiction to war
and desire. Yes, I will reply, I have buried the dead

and made songs of the blood, the marrow.

Contemporary Italian Art – Marco Battaglini

In the words of one writer, “Probably the uniqueness of the Italian artist Marco Battaglini is to conceptualize the possible coexistence of the ideals of classical beauty with the anti-aesthetic, the combination of the divine and refined with the vulgar, through a composition that can complement different realities in an eternal instant. His research of multidimensionality leads him to overlap different temporal, spatial and cultural realities, where everything seems to make sense… This is ultimately the Battaglini’s purpose: remove barriers that distort the perception of reality.”

Below – “Amoredellamiavita”; “Living Each Breath”; “Memento Audere Semper”; “Back to Nature”; “Orietur in tenebris lux tua”;
“Victoria’s Secret.”

Musings in Summer: Angela King

“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change…I’m changing the things I cannot accept.”

Contemporary American Art – Pegge Hopper

In the words of one writer, “Born in Oakland, California, Pegge Hopper moved to Hawaii in 1963 and took a job as an art director with an advertising agency. In 1970, she began a series of paintings of Island women, and she has exhibited these paintings in one-person shows in Hawaii as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.”

Below – “Pe’Ahi Lui Lei”; “Kailua Moon”; “Pink Hibiscus”; “Midsummer Night’s Dream”; Untitled; “Butterfly Orchids.”

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