CN197

Jul 27 2021




Perfectly timed,
as it is at times,
when trees or poles block visibility
of a pedestrian,
(or some other thing)
when driving by
as it was when turning a corner today.

The exception that proves

                                the unknown.
Also,
it is worth saying,
all of the elements that enduringly frustrate us precede our evolution.






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Since no effort or work can contain or address all matter and issue, a single offering is transcendentally limited — an axis of elements in a moment of focus. So for a single thing to project farther than the constraints of its parts — its power must come from implication. A compelling impression then, emerges from the arrangement (or friction) of components. This is very much in evidence with the site of designer D Josh Cook. Is success here all in the the magenta concentric circles of the backdrop? Or in the canary yellow of the subject bars? Or in the dot in the center of the zeros? In the work itself? Clearly it’s the moire of all the parts, parts placed by an adaptable temperament it seems that waited for the opportune moment when the compound could simply be left alone.





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An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Emily Dickinson, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, (340), 1861
Jean-Claude Brisseau, Dimanche après-midi, 1966-67
16th-Century Drawings at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel
Wim Wenders, The American Friend, 1977

Alexander McQueen, Fall/ Winter, 2006-07





Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        Do not waste time worrying about balances; there is enough to tend at hand. There are more variables (inside and out) than any brain can account and prepare for. Develop acceptance and integration — perhaps admire the dignified awe of the Luohan.

Complete Reading
        This week we pulled the Justice card reversed. In upright aspect, the Justice card points to a time where an external, impartial accountability is coming to the fore — either you want just for something or you personally are facing a reckoning. When the card is reversed as it is here, an issue of internal morality is coming to the fore. Are you hiding a dark deed or suffering under an unhealthy persecution complex. Take time this period to consider.
        Our first hexagram this week is #51, The Arousing (Shock, Thunder). The world is full featured — the scenarios of which it produces range from docility to middling agitation to unbridled ferocity. The latter can produce deep, damaging disturbances. But superior individuals have a particular way of processing such jolts: “When a person has learned within their heart what fear and trembling mean, they are safeguarded against any terror produced by outside influences. Let the thunder roll and spread terror a hundred miles around: they remain so composed and reverent in spirit that (even) the sacrificial rite is not interrupted... (they maintain) a profound inner seriousness from which all terrors glance off harmlessly.” There were two changes in our hexagram this week, so expect some variance in tone or plot. The specific notes regarding these variances are the following: Be patient in the return of your losses and possession of the ability to endure terror is one of the great advantages.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #40, Deliverance. This hexagram discusses times where great tensions are released. It uses an analog: “rain relieves atmospheric tension, making all the buds burst open, so a time of deliverance from burdensome pressure has a liberating and stimulating effect on life.” Though it warns that “in such times we must not overdo our triumph…” as “returning to the regular order of life as soon as deliverance is achieved brings good fortune.”
 

CN196

Jul 20 2021





Whether beads on a string,
or rhyming sounds that sing;
there’s no purity in anything.

    To start,
           to move,
                to place
is to be forced into a precedent.
                        We join.
                            We yield.
                                We react.

        An annex,
        a version,
        a combination,

all within a world always underway.






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A large part of design is contextualizing information. And at some point designers have to contextualize themselves — this presents a standard difficulty: feedback distortion from self-reflection.  And the trickiness is often compounded by another hurdle, that of yoking work of varied aesthetic into clean coherence. French design duo, Clément Chasseray and Julie Meyer, of Ffi0oul Studio, seemed to have found a way to keep their diverse projects in the same case without contamination. This equilibrium is achieved by simple and elegant means, a unifying index that smartly uses both text and thumbnail — making all have the appearance of a logical sequence.




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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Denise Levertov, The Secret, 1964
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Robert Altman, That Cold Day in the Park, 1969
Paul Oremland, Six of Hearts: Andy the Furniture Maker, 1986

Thierry Mugler, Fall/ Winter, 1998-99





Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        Two fairly unrelated reductions this week. One: stagnant knowledge is not healthy; when thoughts remain untouched they becomes dry and brittle. Keep knowledge vital and fresh by engaging in constant dialogues with close friends. Two: if you are amidst a big project take time to seriously consider your limits; then distribute tasks or eliminate aspects to remove dangerous drag.

Complete Reading
        This week we pulled the Ten of Wands reversed. When upright this card speaks to a scenario where one has taken on a lot, nearly too much; but the intimation is that the burden will pay off. When the card is drawn in reverse aspect (as it was this week) it points to a time where a burden has become too much; that one needs to share the load with others, or relinquish part of their undertaking — if not one risks disaster.
        Our first hexagram this week, is #61, Inner Truth. This hexagram details how groups of people (communities) bond, as in, what is a strong bond and when does this connection cease. It states: “only when the bond is based on what is right, on steadfastness, will it remain so firm that it triumphs over everything.” As well it intimates that understanding what is right is based on deep “sympathy” and “understanding”. It is not caused by being exclusive or intimate — there must be perseverance/constancy in what is a common good. There were two changes this week so expect variation in plot or mood. The specific note here are: to be humble and straightforward and take firm action when necessary.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #58, The Joyous, Lake. Here we have something like a description for the maintenance joy. “True joy, rests on firmness and strength within, manifesting itself outwardly as yielding and gentle.” Joy is mere “mirth” it is a continual exchange of knowledge with sincere friends. “Knowledge should be a refreshing and vitalizing force. It becomes so only through stimulating intercourse with congenial friends with whom one holds discussion and practices application of the truths of life.” (Like consult the I Ching weekly with a close companion.)

 

CN195

Jul 06 2021




About a month ago, ended an odd period of staying up quite late. We were involved in a project requiring long hours, but as is the case with intense periods, the momentum can often uncomfortably continue well after the originary purpose has left. And if strong enough, confusion can arise and a fresh rationale may be needed. We told ourselves it was now evening solitude we were after.

Somewhere in that time we started to hear an owl hooting. As we did not grow up in an area where owls were part of the scene, it was charming — a poetic albeit plaintive ornament to our new witching hour lifestyle. At some point we stopped hearing the hoots, but started catching the screeching sound of a new creature. To us this alternate calling out brought up an image of an infant raptor; perhaps the owl had offspring? Every night, like clockwork, we heard the juvenile wailing. We looked up the sounds of various nocturnal baby birds of prey. It seemed that our hunch could be correct — the sound of young owls had a similar breathy whine. We looked in the trees from where we thought the sounds emanated, but couldn’t locate anything. We were careful not to use a flashlight as we had read that the intensity of the beam could be damaging. Nevertheless we felt enriched that these lone hours were shared with a growing and formidable hunter. We thought we could hear it getting stronger — we imagined it was calling out into the darkness to be fed.

After about a week or so, we started to notice that the squealing was now coalescing with the sound of the neighbor’s sprinkler system. Maybe the developing owl was responding to this new noise, frightened or simply animated by it. But the two sounds began being absolutely simultaneous. Finally, one night we waited outside until the synchrony occurred. Not without a little shame at our idiocy did we finally understand that there was no baby bird — that the screeching was actually a side effect of a leaky irrigation pipe and the projection of wanting fantasy.

We of course now are left to wonder, how much of our current world of understandings are merely some sort of effect — we suspect quite a bit.

Image: Ray Johnson





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Since life is both wildly constricting and terrifyingly unscripted often it is smart to keep expressions simple and straightforward. Take designer Dian Jiao’s site as an example — it is clear that her work is refined and fully developed and thus could effect a more designy environ, but the strength here is clarity and understatement — a wise move in wonky world.




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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

W.H. Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts, 1939
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Steve Barnett, Mindwarp, 1992
Beauty:Beast, Fall/ Winter, 1997-98

Robert Yang and Eleanor Davis, We Dwell in Possibility, 2021






Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        It seems that some clarity is wanted. And wisdom certainly comes from contrasting what is known with novelty. But it seems this is not a time welcoming to bold, individualist, reconnoiters. Perhaps start a personal adventure of dignified reserve.

Complete Reading
        This week we pulled the Two of Wands. Here we have a card symbolizing broad understanding. However it is unclear whether this understanding is actually limited by the safety of that position or that a safe position is the only environment to foster such expansive comprehension. It seems that the only way to find out is through the difference of an adventure — here one may risk difficult losses but also may encounter a deeper wisdom that can’t be come upon from a safe perch.
        Our first hexagram this week is #33, Retreat. “Conditions are such that the hostile forces favored by the time are advancing.” It seems clear that this period is not one of great power and understanding. Healthy retreat is one of the greatest skills to possess. Perseverance at any cost does not always guarantee an outcome — and certainly you must know a limitation before you can transcend it.  
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #31, Influence. This hexagram describes the elements and conditions needed to have a positive impact on a situation. It states that humbleness and keeping an open mind is key. Being fixated on oneself without listening will not encourage the necessary “attraction between affinities” which “is a general law of nature.”

 

CN194

Jun 29 2021




When young and mostly alone, we used to frequent museums. Initially, and for a good while thereafter, the activity was fraught with an aching self reproach — as often we weren’t interested in even looking at “the works” — at times not even knowing why we were there. On some days we would walk straight through the vaulted hallways directly to the cafeteria — the museum simply becoming a sort of giant lobby for a middling diner, where we’d get a slice of lemon meringue pie or three (pending funds). Doing this though, that is stuffing our face and ignoring the few millennia of brilliance and/or gorgeousness, made us feel like a shiftless, unloveable glutton. But a genuine desire is the most powerful of inner voices — and sad as it was for us at that time, eating some shitty pie in the bowels of a museum, ignoring the Tinterettos and the Dürers often was an unassailable compulsion.

When we eventually emerged from suspension in the sad aspic of that time, we had more clarity. We now see that rounding the edges of loneliness with cheap lemon custard is more than fine (if a bit unhealthy). As well, we understand that we simply liked being within those conspicuously appointed environs, walking the seemingly endless, large quiet rooms and soaking in the aesthetic of clean and collected stuffs in vitrines. Ultimately, we can now appreciate that there really isn’t any right way to be or right way to do — no matter how unmixable one is with the world.






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Fioruccian photo-frames touched by an atmosphere of handmade lace — Ukrainian photographer Julie Poly seems some sort of earthbound cupid who swapped arrows for digital captures — enough romance here to make Pierre and Gilles cry actual tears. 💘




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Seamus Heaney, Anahorish, 1987
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Olivier Assayas, Demonlover, 2002

Yohji Yamamoto, Fall/ Winter, 1984-85






Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        Our card and hexagram were thoroughly linked this week. Both are about the persistence of personal will. The combination winds up saying something like: Do not be glamorous or lazy with you endeavors — rather be resolute in purpose and flexible of method. You can do anything (within reason) if you persevere — make your personal mantra “no haste and no rest.”

Complete Reading
        This week we pulled the Ten of Wands. This card indicates that one is involved in a large, possibly overburdensome project (or projects). The scenario is causing fatigue and even doubt. However, success is assured if you continue through to the end. If you give up… Who knows. (Don’t give up.)
        There’s only a single hexagram this week; so how we enter it will be relatively how we exit it. The hexagram is #46, Pushing Upward. Here we have our single favorite metaphor/proverb in the entirety of the I Ching: “Adapting itself to obstacles and bending around them, wood in the earth grows upward without haste and without rest. Thus too the superior person is devoted in character and never pauses in their progress.”

 

CN193

Jun 22 2021




All thoughts are hermetically sealed;
There is an infinite gap between the world and a person’s interiority.

This is true for everyone; but
No one admits it.

A system of signs (the surrogate of language or what have you) is used to mediate.
But it is always only a stand-in; it is not actual.

This creates an interminable deception game.
It makes such a mess.

But this is the scenario.

And since it seems (almost irrefutably) that economy (not in the financial sense) rules all,
That all things fit together defining and utilizing each other in the most ingenious and resourceful ways…

This turmoil must be beneficial to some thing.

Something likes this mess, something eats this chaos like a whale eats krill.

But what is it?

Image: Enzo Mari





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It could be argued that economy is the height of any art; this does not exclude various maximalisms just that the reduction of conveyance, to only what is absolutely necessary (whether Baroque temple or Quaker meeting house) is perhaps most effective. And when it comes to actual pared-down styles, that is, those employing only single lines and/or unshaded masses, we have always been thoroughly jealous of the seemingly casual but totally powerful efforts of those like a Christopher Forgues or an Enzo Mari.

UK based artist/illustrator Dominic Kesterton is of this latter sort. And though his means be simple there comes across a wholly idiosyncratic offering. His reduced physiognomies whether humanoids (or anthropomorphized non-human fauna and/or fruits and flowers) always seem to possess a fertile remove. His characters handle the extraction of an eye or being cut in half and even a straightforward crisis with dollish poise. As well it feels worth mentioning that we sense a lovely/rewarding structural/stylistic overlap with Léger — though we have no idea if this intentional/actual.





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Goings-On(line)


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John Ashbery, Two Scenes, 1987
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Stuart Gordon, Castle Freak, 1995

Otar Iosseliani, Un petit monastère en Toscane, 1988






Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        No ideas or people are really special or unique. All things are equal in their measure or rather, relatively speaking. So, when trying to get along with a colleague or family member (of importance) but the relation seems to have interminable strain due to an unbridgeable gulf of some sort consider that the problem might be that you think too highly of yourself.

Complete Reading
        This week we pulled the Knight of Swords. Here we have an intimation of something like fools rush in where angels fear to tread — that is, this card indicates that perhaps the momentum of one’s action is overly developed and preparation is weak. Be careful about thundering forth into a goal; consider taking more time to find common ground — or even charm, rather than simply striking.
        Our hexagram contained no changes this week; so how we enter the week will likely be how we exit it. Our only hexagram for this period is #11, Peace. Here there is a description of a “time of social harmony” and “an end to all feuds.” It is intimated that this equilibrium is achieved by devising systems/methods and calibrating all instruments/machines to be in accord with the existing natural rhythms, internal and out (earth’s rotation, the breath, the mechanics of memory, etc). That is, not following systems or using machines which are based wholly on the fantastical or the speculative.