People are cruel. Why so? is a question dwelled upon by many artists and authors the world over. Its undeniability has made it the subject of the creative efforts of the artists and writers Maggie Nelson puts forth in her 2011 book, The Art of Cruelty. Cruelty is ubiquitous to the human experience and seemingly no escape from it. Many artists take the subject matter of cruelty head-on, and Nelson attempts to uncover artists’ motivations and the cultural repercussions; these motivations are often reasonable, but often, like cruelty itself, they are not.
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Paul Virilio’s haunting echo of Walter Benjamin’s exhortation was sounded in the wake of 9/11. If indeed contemporary art is a casualty of war, then recognition of its participation in traumatic historical realities would be a prerequisite for productive discussion. That our contemporary existence is marked by cultures of trauma would seem beyond dispute.
This article outlines three themes, Death Drive, ASCO, and Vienna Actionists. These are tied together in the service of examining how the theory of the Death Drive can be applied to analyze artworks that deal with subjects such as trauma, war, issues of mental health, and…
It has a name — neurosis
Forgive me for hiding my sorrows under a veil of love
You passed your sorrows off as love and I wanted to be loved so bad I believed you
She held her self up
This is not love but merely sorrows dancing about with a mask of love
But you danced so eagerly that we all believed. in your love
But it’s weight. was slowly shifted pebble by pebble until that the bearing of your sorrows became my own
Without knowing anything about crip aesthetic, I attended the opening of Re-coding crip tech at SOMAarts in San Francisco. An exhibition of art made possible by entirely blind artists and artists with other forms of disability. Technology is the realization of our limitation and our way of re-coding people if people were computers, to which I say, “aren’t we computers now?” It’s a question that is arising more frequently because artists and curators consider nonconventional art enthusiasts. Why is art primarily visual, when much of the population has an issue with their sight? Claude Monet was half-blind.
For her 2011…
What’s writing but for a list of sentences.
One sentence is a list of words. A word a list of letters. Letters a list of an alphabet. An alphabet a list of sounds. Sounds a list of vibrations. Vibrations a sentence of the universe. The universe a story. A story a list of ideas. Idead
Ideas a list of thoughts. Thoughts, a list of meanings. Meaning, a list of memories. Memories, a list of images. Images a list of lights. Lights, a list of waves. Waves, a list of heat. Heat, a list of excitation. Excitation, only one word. Existence, the essence being. Being, just being is enough.
What’s the opposite of a tombstone
What’s the opposite of a grave
6 feet of dirt piled skyward
Or a mountain top with two fucking lovers heaving and breathing cold air
What’s the opposite of a headstone
A crib or a cradle
Why do we wait to make an object of our impermanence,
not really ever permanent in all reality
Something to say a person lived, walked,
swam or swum
What’s the opposite of a tomb, is it a house with a bed
or the open meadow so impenetrable with wild flowers and so many stars above, so impossibly numerous…
In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the…
I am love
I embody love
I am the embodiment of life
I am the embodiment of living force
I am the creative force
I am the embodiment of creative force
I am love
I don’t want love I don’t need love I am love
I am love
I am life itself
I am the origin of love in the universe
II am the embodiment of love
I am the source of love in the universe
I am the origin of love
I embody the heart space
I am the embodiment of the origin of life
I am the origin
MFA and MA Writing Visual Critical Studies Candidate - California College of the Arts 2021