Sentient in San Francisco – 9 February 2019

Contemporary Canadian Art – Isabelle Ferron Marchand

Below – “It’s There That I Belong”; “By the beach”; “Life is Fantasy”; “Eventual Life:; “Aria con variazoni”; “Give Wings to Your Dreams.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date if His Birth: Born 9 February 1898 – Jukichi Yagi, a Japanese poet.

by Jukichi Yagi

Because one calls,
Something appears.
Because one does not call,
Something disappears.

Contemporary Canadian Art – Detief Gotzens

Below – “Self Portrait in rational space”; “The Chairman’s dilemma”; “Excavations no. 05”; “Departed 01”; “Enchanted forest #1”; “Small Abstractions, 02/35.”

Remembering a Great Statesman on the Date of His Death: Died 9 February 1995 – J. William Fulbright, attorney, United States Senator and founder of the Fulbright Program.

Some quotes from the work of J. William Fulbright:

“The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership…. a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures.”
“The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world.”
“Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.”
“The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy-the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately. The simple purpose of the exchange program…is to erode the culturally rooted mistrust that sets nations against one another. The exchange program is not a panacea but an avenue of hope.”
“In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.”
“The price of empire is America’s soul, and that price is too high.”
“A nation’s budget is full of moral implications; it tells what a society cares about and what it does not care about; it tells what its values are.”
“To criticize one’s country is to do it a service…. Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism-a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation.”

Contemporary American Art – Maria Folger: Part I of II.

Below – “If it makes you happy”; “If not now, when?”; “Summer 43”; “Kiss me quick”; “Sunshine”; “red lips.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 9 February 1940 – John Maxwell Coetzee, a South African-Australian novelist, essayist, linguist, translator, and recipient of the 2003 Novel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of J. M. Coetzee:

“The highest type of intelligence, says Aristotle, manifests itself in an ability to see connections where no one has seen them before, that is, to think analogically.”
“Let me say it openly: we are surrounded by an enterprise of degradation, cruelty, and killing which rivals anything the Third Reich was capable of, indeed dwarfs it, in that ours is an enterprise without end, self-regenerating, bringing rabbits, rats, poultry, livestock ceaselessly into the world for the purpose of killing them.”
“Anyone who says that life matters less to an animal than it does to us has not held in his hands an animal fighting for its life. The whole of the being of the animal is thrown into that fight, without reserve. When you say that the fight lacks a dimension of intellectual or imaginative horror, I agree. It is not the mode of being animals to have an intellectual horror: their whole being is in the living flesh…I urge you to walk, flank to flank, beside the beast that is prodded down the chute to his executioner.”
“Children all over the world consort quite naturally with animals. They don’t see any dividing line. That is something they have to be taught, just as they have to be taught it is all right to kill and eat them.”
“Machiavelli says that if as a ruler you accept that your every action must pass moral scrutiny, you will without fail be defeated by an opponent who submits to no such moral test. To hold on to power, you have not only to master the crafts of deception and treachery but to be prepared to use them where necessary.”
“I know somewhat too much; and from this knowledge, once one has been infected, there seems to be no recovering.”
“I am not the we of anyone.”
“A book should be an axe to chop open the frozen sea inside us.”

Contemporary American Art – Maria Folger: Part II of II.
Below – “Heaven in your eyes”; “Texting”; “In the bathroom”; “Let me know”; “2 minutes break”; “candice.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 9 February 1874 – Amy Lowell, an American poet, critic, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

by Amy Lowell

When night drifts along the streets of the city,
And sifts down between the uneven roofs,
My mind begins to peek and peer.
It plays at ball in old, blue Chinese gardens,
And shakes wrought dice-cups in Pagan temples,
Amid the broken flutings of white pillars.
It dances with purple and yellow crocuses in its hair,
And its feet shine as they flutter over drenched grasses.
How light and laughing my mind is,
When all the good folk have put out their bed-room candles,
And the city is still!

Below – Salvador Dali: “Woman at Window”

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