“I think that the difference right now between good art and bad art is that the good artists are the people who are, in one way or another, creating, out of deep and honest concern, a vision of life in the twentieth century that is worth pursuing. And the bad artists, of whom there are many, are whining or moaning or staring, because it’s fashionable, into the dark abyss.” —John Gardner, born on this day in 1933
Nearly in heaven
50x70cm acrylic on paper
70x100cm acrylic on paper
Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence … a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.
Au hasard Balthazar Directed by Robert Bresson (1966)- Though there isn’t much competition, this is hands down the greatest film about a donkey ever made. Bresson’s tale of a put-upon donkey examines human cruelty, the lengths to which people can disassociate themselves from morality, and how easily people can dehumanise others, but it isn’t as focused as that. When the film finishes it feels like it has been about everything. A fool, a sinner, and an innocent all have their stories told in relation to the saintly ass at the centre of it all. Au hasard Balthazar is one of those films that really encapsulates the idea of the sublime (as defined by Werner Herzog anyway) as it doesn’t convince you point-by-point of its mission statement or point of view, the film unfolds in front of you and just puts ideas into your head. Images invoke epiphanies rather than being simple visual metaphors for whatever the directors message is. I was really reminded of Ingmar Bergman’s films just because Bresson has a similarly casual-seeming visual style which becomes intensely affecting. By that I mean things are presented quite matter-of-factly, almost simple looking, but they manage to evoke the most powerful feelings. Balthazar’s story is a truly transcendental experience.
CONFIRMED: 576 killed and more than 3350 injured from the ongoing genocide in Gaza…..
Above all else, we stand with humanity. We stand against oppression. We stand against murder. We stand against injustice. Humanity stands with Gaza.
Close your eyes & imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.