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Sept 17 2019



The species of the non-species







The emergence of a new form is to be treated with delight and we think reverence. This is because our minds aggressively suppress novelty in favor of pattern. If you actually have the opportunity to come face to face with “the species of the non-species” however brief it may be, you should realize you’ve seen half the truth of this world (!?). The sculpture of John Zane Zappas is full of this unclassifiable, procreative tension — it spurs the most basic and routinely ignored questions: What is happening? What is that? Does it mean something? Merci 🖖.





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It's time again for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair. If you’re going, be sure to check out their site — here you will find exhibitor info, an interactive map, hours of operation and other pertinent information. (Oh, and the whole thing was designed by Cargo 😉)






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“Here there is a sort of question, call it historical, of which we are only glimpsing today the conception, the formation, the gestation, the labor. I employ these words, I admit, with a glance toward the business of childbearing-but also with a glance toward those who, in a company from which I do not exclude myself, turn their eyes away in the face of the as yet unnameable which is proclaiming itself and which can do so, as is necessary whenever a birth is in the offing, only under the species of the non-species, in the formless, mute, infant, and terrifying form of monstrosity.” 

Jacques Derrida, from Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences, 1966


CN/107

Sept 10 2019



Color against color, in combats







The interconnectivity of class and color and nationality and style and time and volume and ideology is infinitely complex and needs continual reappraisal. The domain of fashion has known quite a few master interpreters of our wildly, whirling world (Miuccia Prada, Massimo Asti, Vivienne Westwood, Bernhard Willhelm, to name a few). It would seem hard to enter with a fresh perspective — but design duo Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena have managed just that. Their work is something like a beautiful, synthesized accordion expanding and collapsing between the two poles of murky globalization and sharp individuality. 🖖🍄





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Our hill has made its submission and the green
Swept on into the north; around me,
From morning to night, flowers duel incessantly,
Color against color, in combats

Which they all win, and at any hour from some point else
May come another tribal outcry
Of a new generation of birds who chirp,
Not for effect but because chirping

Is the thing to do. More lives than I perceive
Are aware of mine this May morning
As I sit reading a book, sharper senses
Keep watch on an inedible patch

Of unsatisfactory smell, unsafe as
So many areas are…

From Homage to Clio, W.H. Auden, 1960
Image: Félix Vallotton, Cloud's Bridge, 1918

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CN/106

Sept 03 2019



Rationality and intuition have their limits







The desire for completeness in an artistic expression is perhaps the greatest of artistic modes. It is knowing that the impulse to present a feeling or concept requires that you be in control of both what you say and how you say it; that content and medium are of equal importance (and perhaps when they are done right they are indistinguishable). This hard-core notion seems approaching full aspect over at Souzicqs Editions.





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We would not call ourselves spiritual over here — though we know presumptuousness and cynicism to be pretty grotesque modes — rationality and intuition have their limits. We say that as a preamble / modifier to a sort of recommendation (one that might seem counter-intuitive in our post-industrialized, post-digital, post-globalized world):
If you are struggling to find a direction for a particular problem consider consulting the I Ching.


To explain what the I Ching is here or how to do it would take too much time. All we can say is that it is an ancient text of divination that is a great conversation starter with yourself. Click here for a really solid introduction.

NB: You can perform the whole I Ching sequence online, but we feel that in the classic spirit of “set and setting” the more you separate yourself from your normal mode the more you get. So, go ahead light a candle and ask your question… 🕯️

CN/105

AugUST 27 2019



Ne’er an empty space anywhere







It’s not to say that the folks at Fosbury Architecture are not into function — they just repudiate architecture’s typical, slavishly, corporate-armchair-behaviorist tendencies. Their interests are wholly poetic and exploratory — and not by some standardized, trendy provocation but rather by joyous, unabashed invigoration! Within you’ll find stuffs like chambers of deprivation, conceptual garden follies and urban planning proposals which owe more to comic book panels than to engineering guidelines. Not to mention their info page is one of the best we’ve read. 🖖





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Always changing; always with purpose. Ne’er an empty space anywhere. This economic universe (?) gathers atheist, theist and the candid alike, in reaper’s bundles; which it sets aside to feed _____? In creeds outworn, or creeds forlorn or those yet born the Unknown moves through.

Someone of note once said, “it is memories that have bodies, not bodies who have memories.” In this light, we train our will to catch the errant beauty that moves through.

As a caveat, we realize that this beauty is only legible to our particular blindness. So it is a beauty which was and is constantly born of no reference. Grab it when you can and hang in there. 😘

Image: M. C. Escher, Another World, 1947





CN/104

AugUST 20 2019


Undoing the presumption of the mind
with respect to time




 






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In the work of Austrian artist and designer Valentin Backhaus, there is an admirably attuned accord between the past, the present and the future.  He achieves this venerable, three-tiered harmony through documentation/memory (the past), work/materiality (the present) and the open desire to understand through proposition (the future). It would be difficult to want or expect more from a single practice. 🖖




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Hidden in the cynicism of innovation is certainly the despair that nothing further will happen. But innovating means to behave as though lots of things happened, and to make them happen. Through innovation, the will affirms its hegemony over time… The avant-gardist task remains that of undoing the presumption of the mind with respect to time. The sublime feeling is the name of this privation. (Jean-Francois Lyotard, from The Sublime and the Avant-Garde, 1988)

Image: Fabrice Gygi, Gant, 1993