Contemporary German Art – Christian Kabuß
Below – “Run-Down Run-Up”; “P. Did”; “Sunset, rain”; “Abandoned in Cafe Bulgaria”; “Artistic Filling of a Memory Gap”; “Streets of Xian.”
“Life, like classical music, is full of difficult passages that are conquered as much through endurance and determination as through any particular skill.”
Below – “many voices”; “The Hours”; “Morning”; “Fiesta”; “Creatures big and small.”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 8 February 1850 – Kate Chopin, an American novelist and short story writer.
Some quotes from the work of Kate Chopin:
“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”
“I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe?”
“There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.”
“She was moved by a kind of commiseration… a pity for that colorless existence which never uplifted its possessor beyond the region of blind contentment, in which no moment of anguish ever visited her soul, in which she would never have the taste of life’s delirium.”
“But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!”
“The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.”
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.”
Below – “To the Sea”; “Monkey plush what”; “From my Tent to the Sea”; “Jungle Greenhouse”; “Skyhouse”; “Angry man on the television.”
A Poem for Today
By April Lindner
One rainy night we sat in traffic
and, overtired in back, you saw
a wind-whipped grocery bag afloat
beyond the clutch of jagged branches,
swept by gusts and whirled in eddies.
A sudden downdraft swooped it earthward,
where it danced till with a whoosh
a current luffed it past the power lines.
Disowned by gravity, small ghost
not yet snagged by twiggy fingers,
it couldn’t reach the earth. Thin-skinned,
it pulsed, translucent jellyfish.
You wept and pled to be let out
into the dark and slanted rain,
somehow to save that desolate thing.
The light turned green and still you begged,
‘Go back, go back,’ on its behalf,
caught and held, bossed and tossed
by a will much greater than its own.
Below – “Paradise Van”; “Monkey plush”; “Surfview II”; “Waves”; “Surfer.”
Some quotes from the work of Iris Murdoch:
“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.”
“Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port.”
“There is no beyond, there is only here, the infinitely small, infinitely great and utterly demanding present.”
“Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.”
“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”
“Education doesn’t make you happy. Nor does freedom. We don’t become happy just because we’re free – if we are. Or because we’ve been educated – if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears, tells us where delights are lurking, convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever, that of the mind, and gives us the assurance – the confidence – to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers.”
“The most essential and fundamental aspect of culture is the study of literature, since this is an education in how to picture and understand human situations.”
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”