Category Archives: ART

Paintings, photography, aesthetic objects, beautiful communication, and anything I consider to be art, artful, artistic, artsy or whatever.
Art is subjective. It is a quality of communication can be contributed to by the viewer through empathy or agreement with its creator.

TOUCH MAGIC

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first fifteen livesClaire North (a.k.a Catherine Webb and Kate Griffin) is a Wondrous Witch of Word Wizardry! Her books have to be read. No description or comment is worthwhile;  Magic is what it is…. Magical.

After reading her book “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” I became an instant addict and life-long worshiper. Travel between past lives – without amnesia –  is not a familiar idea on Earth, but made all too real in this eloquently imagined and written masterwork.

touchTouch” is a masterwork of insight, descriptive observations of spiritual phenomena that can be envisioned only as fiction. “Touch” describes the ability to instantaneously transfer oneself as a spiritual entity from one body to another — to possess and control it — without harming the “owner”. The reality of being a “ghost” with the ability to “jump” between bodies is told in the context of an exotic-murder-mystery-international-action-thriller that sets a new standard for the genre and for literature! As an enchanted fan of Clair North, I am “touched” and possessed!

~ Lawrence R. Spencer,  Author and Editor

THE SACRIFICE

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THE SACRIFICE“The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice. Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts?
THE CAVEWhen I was younger, I was very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness. Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination.
My work, in 3D as well as in painting, originates from the very idea that ultimate knowledge could very well be an erosion instead of an accumulation. The title of one of my pieces is “ All Ideas Look Alike”. Contemporary art seems to have forgotten that there is an exterior to the intellect. I want to examine thinking, not only “what” we think, but “that” we think.
So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.
After 30 years of practice, the only thing I still wish my art to do is this: to project us into this thick “cloud of unknowing.”   ~ Guy Laramée

Visit the website of the artist, Guy Laramée

http://www.guylaramee.com/index.php/intro/