Sentient in San Francisco – 2 March 2020

This Date in Art History: Died 2 March 1945 – Emily Carr, a Canadian painter.

Below – “Odds and Ends”; “Blue Sky”; “Above the Trees”; “Heart of the Forest”; “The Mountain”; “Kitwancool.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 2 March 1904 – Dr. Seuss (the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel), an American children’s author, poet,
political cartoonist, illustrator, animator, screenwriter, filmmaker, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Dr.Seuss:

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
“Life’s just one great journey. It’s a road we travel as we go from point A to point B. What makes that journey worthwhile is the people we choose to travel with, the people we hold close as we take steps into the darkness and blindly make our way through life. They’re the people who matter.”
“Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”
“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

Contemporary Russian Art – Syuzanna Kamara

Below – “Stairway-Butterfly”; “The Cinnamon City”; “Rebel Peter.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 2 March 1930 – Tom Wolfe, and American writer, journalist, author of “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff,” and recipient of the National Book Award.

Some quotes from the work of Tom Wolfe:

“Everybody, everybody everywhere, has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that is what they’re trapped by, their little script.”
“If a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested.”
“A cult is a religion with no political power.”
“What do you mean, blindly? That baby is a very sentient creature… That baby sees the world with a completeness that you and I will never know again. His doors of perception have not yet been closed. He still experiences the moment he lives in.”
“The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened.”
“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.”
“[Aldous Huxley] compared the brain to a ‘reducing valve’. In ordinary perception, the senses send an overwhelming flood of information to the brain, which the brain then filters down to a trickle it can manage for the purpose of survival in a highly competitive world. Man has become so rational, so utilitarian, that the trickle becomes most pale and thin. It is efficient, for mere survival, but it screens out the most wondrous part of man’s potential experience without his even knowing it. We’re shut off from our own world.”

Contemporary French Art – Olivier Morel Pellen

Below – ‘tree in winter”; “plant and horizon”; “yucca horizon.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 2 March 1942 – John Irving, an American novelist, screenwriter, and author of “The World According to Garp.”

Some quotes from the work of John Irving:

“You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.”
“We don’t always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly–as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth–the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives.”
“I am not attracted to writers by style. What style do Dickens, Grass, and Vonnegut have in common? How silly! I am attracted to what makes them angry, what makes them passionate, what outrages them, what they applaud and find sympathetic in human beings and what they detest about human beings, too. They are writers of great emotional range.”
“The more clearly one sees this world; the more one is obliged to pretend it does not exist.”
“Your memory is a monster; you forget – it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you – and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!”
“There are moments when time does stop. We must be alert enough to notice such moments.”
“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”


Contemporary British Art – Katrina Avotina

Below – “Charming Coastal Senses”; “Deep Rays Of The Sun”; “When The Whole World Belongs To You”; “Reflection”; “Blue Light”; “Invisible Sun.”

A Poem for Today

“White Lie”
by Austin Smith

Christmas Eves our dad would bring
Home from the farm real hay
For the reindeer that didn’t exist
And after we were finally asleep
Would get out and take the slabs
Up in his arms and carry them
Back to the bed of his pickup,
Making sure to litter the snow
With chaff so he could show us
In the morning the place where
They’d stood eating, their harness
Bells dulled by the cold, their breath
Steam, all while we were dreaming.

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