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CN/088 — Apr 23 2019

Curiosity is a path riddled with pain — it is the only way





 
Faking it ’til you make it is a common but sad method. It is a technique devoid of curiosity. Nay! It is the enemy of curiosity! And though authentic curiosity is a path riddled with pain — for the sincere it is the only way. Mel Nguyen is a perfect example of the latter — spend some time with her info page and you will see what we mean. She is open, interested, talented, and it seems near-gallant. 🖖






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Every pronouncement by a human is a general illusion — it’s hard to say if this generality is like rounding up or rounding down (interpolation or shorthand), a proxy (language) or an utter changeling (an internal hermetic system). But trying to transcend this generality with the laboratory, with the temple, with psychedelic substances, with discipline/love, or as said above with genuine curiosity, is the way. So remember…

Confidence is meretricious.
Topicality is iniquity.
Generality is an illusion.
Curiosity is joy and pain.


Image: Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, The Central Spiritual Sun, Circa 1930


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CN/087 — Apr 16 2019

The world is otherwise





 
The work of artist Tori Wrånes is magical — not of the whimsical top-hatted sort but of the disconcerting, outsider kind. Her pieces and performances inspire double and triple takes — ultimately requiring troublesome conciliation with what is in view. The beauty of her work is that this conceptual appeasement necessitates an acceptance that you don’t stand on solid ground (historically, morally or what have you) — ultimately you must join her deep in the woods of the Uncanny Valley.






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The world is otherwise. You may believe in what you see or trust the verity of what you remember, but the world is none but a psychological scrim overlayed onto the otherwise. This is less a grim tautology and more a call to some sort of action — no decent mind believes what it sees nor accepts less than three ideas at any given time.

Images: Nicole Claveloux, late 1970s




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CN/086 — Apr 9 2019

Poetry, sexuality, activism and optimism





 
In this era of generally insipid, near-impossible-to-avoid, corporate-mega-network nonsense, Printed Matter stands out as an authentic, independent and steadfast network of cultural exchange. And their book fairs — an unparalleled intersection of activism, magick, speculation, design and art. As designer for their new book fair site, Cargo could not be more proud.


 
 


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Speaking of Printed Matter gives us the opportunity to profess our admiration for one its founders: AA Bronson. Quite simply we believe Mr. Bronson to be a shaman — no sanctimony or silliness is intended with this estimation. Whereas most discuss, quantize or create at a safe remove, it seems Mr. Bronson has always embodied — harmonizing poetry, sexuality, activism and optimism.

Photo by Kuba Ryniewicz




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CN/085 — Apr 2 2019

The charming, unprocessed potentiality of a green bud





 
It’s pleasant seeing the work of James McKechnie at Spring’s beginning, as all his projects have the charming, unprocessed potentiality of a green bud. Will the blossom be an Enzo Mari, a Sterling Ruby, perhaps a Peter Saville? However his output develops it assuredly will be thoughtful, casual and refined.


 
 


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A sense of oneself is really the only guide one has. It’s hard to see this in the short term with the constant topical noise of general life. But the dialogue one has with oneself assuredly outlasts all others. Ultimately the reflective discourse is all that is. (Love yourself.)

Image: Alecos Fassianos, Morning Eros, 1997