Sentient in San Francisco – 3 February 2020

Contemporary British Art – Melanie Goemans: Part I of II.

Below – “Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall)”; “Summertime”; “Inked II”; “All the flowers that you planted”; “Thursday”; “St. Mary’s Street iI.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 3 February 1874 – Gertrude Stein, an American novelist, poet, playwright, and author of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.” An interesting fact: During the course of her studies at Radcliffe College, Gertrude Stein was a student of psychologist William James.

Some quotes from the work of Gertrude Stein:

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
“Love: the skillful audacity required to share an inner life.”
“You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!”
“There is no there there.” (Many critics believe this to be a reference to Oakland, California, where Stein spent many years of her childhood.)
“It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.”
“One must dare to be happy.”
“One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure.”
“Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life.”

Contemporary British Art – Melanie Goemans: Part II of II.

Below – “Monday”; “Inked I”; “Tuesday”; “Eleven Swans”; “After the Rain”; “River Great Ouse (Elegy II).”

This Date in Music History – The Day the Music Died: 3 February 1959 – musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson) are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Below – The poster for the last performance by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper.

Contemporary South Korean Art – Ko buying jun

Below – “Blue Spring vol.166”; “Blue Spring vol.147”; “Blue Spring vol.156”; “Blue Spring vol.163”; “Stranger Series vol.76”; “Blue Spring vol. 131.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 3 February 1947 – Paul Auster, an award-winning American novelist, poet, and screenplay writer.

Some quotes from the work of Paul Auster:

“The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.”
“What matters is not how well you can avoid trouble, but how you cope with trouble when it comes.”
“It always stimulates me to discover new examples of my own prejudice and stupidity, to realize that I don’t know half as much as I think I do.”
“Novels are fictions and therefore they tell lies, but through those lies every novelist attempts to tell the truth about the world.”
“I walk around the world like a ghost, and sometimes I question whether I even exist. Whether I’ve ever existed at all.”
“You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.”
“Memory is the space in which a thing happens for a second time.”
“It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not.”

Contemporary Costa Rican Art- Marco Battaglini

Below – “God Save The Queen”; “Strongest people”; “Oculus animi index”; “Vivo Dei Ricorde Del Futuro”; “Sharing a Coke with Bankey”; “Let’s Make A Baby”; “Back to nature.”

A Poem for Today

“The Ashes”
by Karin Gottshall

You were carried here by hands
and now the wind has you, gritty
as incense, dark sparkles borne

in the shape of blowing,
this great atmospheric bloom,
spinning under the bridge and expanding—

shape of wind and its pattern
of shattering. Having sloughed off
the urn’s temporary shape,

there is another of you now—
tell me which to speak to:
the one you were, or are, the one who waited

in the ashes for this scattering, or the one
now added to the already haunted woods,
the woods that sigh and shift their leaves—

where your mystery billows, then breathes.

Below – Art by Armella Leung.

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