thecrystalandthedemon:

Nebula

Micah Scott + Eden Gallanter – February 2014 – Ink and graphite

cheimonette: This was one of our first pieces, and we didn’t know what we were doing, but it seemed right that each stage of the drawing satisfied us, and Micah happened to begin by drawing a simple shape, a circle, whose regular geometry we then enthusiastically disrupted. This was a drawing in which everything just worked, without much effort on either of our parts to integrate our styles or the piece itself.

We had hit on a good approach to drawing together, we just didn’t yet know why.

I remember Micah saying “I’m not used to solving someone else’s problems” as she was applying her stippling technique, and we both started talking about leadership, and how to share it between us. It felt wonderful, being able to trust each other to have similar skills and to make good decisions from different perspectives—in other words, we trusted each other to see problems the other missed and to share similar artistic goals.

We also began to make the most of our different talents and drawing experience—Micah with her stippled dots, me with my linework and shading. At this point, we hadn’t begun to deliberately pass off problems we thought the other would be better at solving, but I think we naturally began to gravitate towards our respective specialties, and to admire each other’s approaches to breaking the circle.

It was a completely unique experience for both of us, working on a project in which we felt equally matched.

scanlime: I’ve been noticing a pattern in our collaborative work; there’s a balance to strike between chaos and smoothness. Chaos primes the imagination. It gives us problems to creatively solve, or springboards for inspiration. Chaos alone is uncomfortable to look at. Humans aren’t well adapted to see beauty in so much randomness. As an artist, part of my job is to adventure into this chaos and extract bits of it using an aesthetic that offers constraints and narrative.

In this piece, Eden and I struck a natural balance. I started the with a simple but imperfect shape: a collection of rough sketchy curves, a broken circle. The fissures and conflicts in this shape generated further conflicts, but our answers to each other’s challenges ended up solidifying into something more unified.

This aesthetic unification feels like something of a microcosm for collaboration. If aesthetic is the process of applying constraints to chaos, I feel like the outcome we stumbled upon here was to take turns setting up a playground that we both found creatively motivating.

After starting in pencil, I switched to stippling dots and continued that way for the rest of the drawing. Once Eden had created surfaces and edges for me to respond to, I enjoyed creating tactile and visual algorithms through the dots, and letting those algorithms play out across the geometry she introduced.

This whole experience has been so motivating. I feel like after so many lackluster collaboration experiences in my past, it’s been amazing to taste what’s possible.

(Reblogged from thecrystalandthedemon)
Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch a little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful. I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to my art. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything.
Creativity and My First Meditation - David Lynch on meditation. (via benkudria)
(Reblogged from benkudria)

ter·a·tol·o·gy

1. The scientific study of congenital abnormalities and abnormal formations.
2. Mythology relating to fantastic creatures and monsters.

te·rat·o·gen·e·sis

The process by which congenital malformations are produced in an embryo or fetus.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Presented, an opportunity to confuse through obscurity

gnome /nōm/ (N)

1. A legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth’s treasures underground.

2. A short statement encapsulating a general truth; a maxim.

I just had one of those realizations which cascaded like a flood, causing me to reassess events and encounters farther and farther back into my past. A strange turn of perspective.

But then, when your old theories and reality clash, it’s no good to rage against reality - it can only carry on solemnly operating in accordance to its own true ways.

nick·el·o·de·on/ˌnikəˈlōdēən/

Noun:
  1. A jukebox, originally one operated by the insertion of a nickel coin.
  2. A movie theater with an admission fee of one nickel.

Government logic.

Arresting image.

(Reblogged from chaipierce)

Impossible logic puzzle, #51

Biathlon: Skiing and shooting

Triathlon: Swimming, running and biking

Quadrathlon: ?

Met a sweet little black girl who told me her name and then proudly “I’m named after Lena Horne.” Here’s to honoring the good works of the past and continuing them through own.

Horne was long involved with the Civil Rights movement. In 1941, she sang at Cafe Society and worked with Paul Robeson. During World War II, when entertaining the troops for the USO, she refused to perform “for segregated audiences or for groups in which German POWs were seated in front of African American servicemen”,according to her Kennedy Center biography. Because the U.S. Army refused to allow integrated audiences, she wound up putting on a show for a mixed audience of black U.S. soldiers and white German POWs. Seeing the black soldiers had been forced to sit in the back seats, she walked off the stage to the first row where the black troops were seated and performed with the Germans behind her.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Impermanence

On the drive out from Burning Man, reflecting on the lessons I’d experienced there, I wrote notes to myself. The first, most important lesson was “Impermanence.”

Immolation as a reminder of Impermanence

What would motivate people to create great works of beauty only to destroy them? Why would they place reminders of loved ones and their own past in a temple only to see them burn? It is that the act of destruction is a reminder or manifestation of impermanence.  It reminds us that we too can change, and that every experience is precious, as our experience is necessarily impermanent.

Contrary to our perception of normalcy and continuity, every moment is a transitive, impermanent state, impermanent in every temporal and local context, impermanent at every scale.

And awareness of this impermanence, for me, leads to two conclusions:

  • Every experience is precious
  • Every door is open to change, as change is all-consuming

Immolation of objects as Self-Immolation

Those who attend call themselves “burners” and ask one another, “how was your burn?”, and for me these words refer not to those who burn things, but those who burn away aspects of themselves. That witnessing and embracing the destruction of beauty enables one to release aspects of themselves which have been stubbornly perceived and held as permanent.

Impermanence and Buddhism

Fresh from this awareness, I was surprised to discover that impermanence is a core concept of Buddhism, and as such they have plenty to say on the matter. So I’ll end with some of their words:

Nothing remains the same for two consecutive moments. Heraclitus said we can never bathe twice in the same river. Confucius, while looking at a stream, said, “It is always flowing, day and night.” The Buddha implored us not just to talk about impermanence, but to use it as an instrument to help us penetrate deeply into reality and obtain liberating insight. We may be tempted to say that because things are impermanent, there is suffering. But the Buddha encouraged us to look again. Without impermanence, life is not possible. How can we transform our suffering if things are not impermanent? How can our daughter grow up into a beautiful young lady? How can the situation in the world improve? We need impermanence for social justice and for hope.

If you suffer, it is not because things are impermanent. It is because you believe things are permanent. When a flower dies, you don’t suffer much, because you understand that flowers are impermanent. But you cannot accept the impermanence of your beloved one, and you suffer deeply when she passes away.

If you look deeply into impermanence, you will do your best to make her happy right now. Aware of impermanence, you become positive, loving and wise. Impermanence is good news. Without impermanence, nothing would be possible. With impermanence, every door is open for change. Impermanence is an instrument for our liberation.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

And when the Buddha had passed away, Sakka, the chief of the deities, uttered the following:

Impermanent are all component things, They arise and cease, that is their nature: They come into being and pass away, Release from them is bliss supreme.

Mahaa-Parinibbaana Sutta

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