The earth has been round for some time now, but not in man’s relation to man nor in the understanding of the arts of each as part of that roundness. As usual we have occupied ourselves too much with the outer, the objective, at the expense of the inner world wherein the true roundness lies.
Stars I think about, if I could fly, I could reach in a few old-fashioned days. But physicists’ stars I use as buttons, buttoning up curtains of emptiness. If I stretch my arms next to the rest of myself and wonder where my fingers are—that is all the space I need.
—Willem de Kooning
Thank you, apoetreflects.
We have never lost Paradise, but human consciousness tells us we have lost it and that we have to regain it. But in fact, Paradise has never been lost, Paradise is never to be therefore regained. We are in Eden, just as we are now.
Be, and at the same time, not be. To be or not to be, but then, to be and not to be. Both at the same time. The best thing is to be living, and yet not living. Dying yet not dying. That is the object of Zen discipline.
Zen is a floating cloud…unattached.
What characterizes Zen is this: simplicity and sincerity, and freedom. This is the one most important. Real freedom to see things in their “suchness,” I would say. That is freedom.
Sometimes so-called facts are not so important. But what scholars call imaginations or legends, they are more important in the study of human nature.
Zen masters tell us that the answer is in the question itself, you look into your question yourself. My answer only leads you farther away from the question.
Who are you to ask that question?
–Daisetsu Teitarō Suzuki (October 18th,1870 - July 12th,1966)
(via: Myoan Shakuhachi)
Only don’t know.
Ibram Lassaw, Clouds of Magellan, 1953 at The Drawing Room Gallery, East Hampton, NY.
“Lassaw used titles because works of art need titles so that one can keep tract of them, but he never intended and in fact did everything in his power to keep people from using the title to SEE /UNDERSTAND the work. He chose titles that would have no particular meaning, no conceptual handle so that the viewer would just have to directly experience the work. This is the intention of the work, to be experienced in the raw moment of No Mind, no concept, directly. If a person tries to “see” the work as an allusion to its title then they are missing the work itself. Years ago not many people had a clue that Clouds of Magellan was a structure in deep space, and now it is more general knowledge, which I think is a very good thing, but the real Clouds of Magellan has nothing to do with the sculpture hanging in Johnson’s guest bedroom.”
-Denise Lassaw, the artist’s daughter
Whatever you have to say, leave
The roots on, let them
And the dirt
Just to make clear
Where they come from.