Sentient in San Francisco – 2 January 2020

Canadian Art – Garfield Saunders (1950-2019)

Below – “River Valley”; “Boy In The Garden”; “Out For A Stroll”; “Fall Flowers”; “Nighttime Flower Arrangement”; “Lunch Table.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 2 January 2017 – John Berger, an award-winning English art critic, novelist, poet, and painter.

Some quotes from the work of John Berger:

“We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves.”
“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”
“We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice.”
“The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.”
“Do you know the legend about cicadas? They say they are the souls of poets who cannot keep quiet because, when they were alive, they never wrote the poems they wanted to.”
“Fanaticism comes from any form of chosen blindness accompanying the pursuit of a single dogma.”
“The camera relieves us of the burden of memory.”
“The past is the one thing we are not prisoners of. We can do with the past exactly what we wish. What we can’t do is to change its consequences.”
“Those who first invented and then named the constellations were storytellers. Tracing an imaginary line between a cluster of stars gave them an image and an identity. The stars threaded on that line were like events threaded on a narrative. Imagining the constellations did not of course change the stars, nor did it change the black emptiness that surrounds them. What it changed was the way people read the night sky.”

Contemporary Canadian Art – Paul Healey

Below – “Summer Landscape”; “Winter Path”; “Red Truck”; “Mug”; “Woman With Umbrella”; “The Way Home.”

Musings in Winter: Laurie Haise Anderson

“Cold and silence. Nothing quieter than snow. The sky screams to deliver it, a hundred banshees flying on the edge of the blizzard. But once the snow covers the ground, it hushes as still as my heart.”

Contemporary Canadian Art – Jerome Andrews

Below – “Sirens”; “Retreating Snow”; “Coastal Trees”; “Indigo Sky”; “Red Sky at Night”; “Funday Frolic.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 2 January 1947 – David Shapiro, an American poet, historian, and art critic: Part I of II.

Some quotes from the work of David Shapiro:

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to assume that their president, hostile to the principles that formed the nation and determined to act with malice toward its inhabitants by suppressing their rights and enabling its enemies to prosper in their attempts to destroy it, must be confronted, a rational response for the nation is to encumber itself no more with such a president and reject his authority and the acolytes who carry out his wishes.”
“Calling is connection: Uncovering our calling is a deliberate choice to serve others and to make a difference in the world. Our calling is made manifest in service to others…it is paradoxical but true; we are more likely to receive the meaning and fulfillment we seek when we enable others to achieve the meaning and fulfillment they seek, as well.”
“There is a lot of silence in watching somebody trying to remember things.”
“It is a life’s task to find the ways you want to play an endless game of uncontrollable beauty”
“Our calling has little to do, in fact, with a particular job, and everything to do with how we approach it.”
“Burnout is overdoing; inner-kill is under-being. Inner-kill comes from feeling like we are not using our gifts in support of things we care about, or that we are stuck in an environment that is inconsistent with our values.”

Contemporary Canadian Art – Jackson Ehrlich

Below – “Yellow Canoes”; “Windswept”; “Hopewell Rocks”; “Riverside”; “Rocks and Sky”; “Treeline With Fog.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 2 January 1947 – David Shapiro, an American poet, historian, and art critic: Part I of II.

“Tattoo for Gina”
by David Shapiro

Some see a dove
And think Pigeon
Others see pigeons
And think Dove

Some know that all pigeons are doves
Some angry as if pigeons were not doves

But the city lover knows
And I try to reconstruct
The tattoo on one of your many branches

The more arms the more power
I think of you, O pale tattoo
All pigeons, all doves
You friendly cliff-dwellers

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