There’s nothing about Jackson art in this post!
Starting off here with a sensitive commentary on the film “Quartet”. Its story line and ensemble acting were so engaging, but the biggest stars of that film were its magnificent trees. So many scenes set amidst extraordinary, historic, spreading ancient oaks and forest. Shelter, sustenance. Their almost imperceivable sounds, whispers.
A friend wrote:
“At times, Tammy, the tree world from the point of view of being in the air among their branches, feeling the ways in which they influence the movement of air and light from above, softening always this space overhead for us on the ground, opens the feeling that collectively trees must be very advanced life forms that have achieved something like enlightenment.”
Joni Mitchell (listen!) wrote:
“If you’re drivin’ into town with a dark cloud above you/dial in the number who’s bound to love you/oh honey you turn me on, I’m a radio/I’m a country station/I’m a little bit corny/I’m a wildwood flower waving for you/broadcasting tower waving for you…..”
It’s something about sound and airwaves and the feeling of being connected and collected that made me put those two writings together.
And now from way abroad~~~the East Coast! Harvard is holding a two-day workshop, “Painting Beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition,” April 12-13th. Sounds like the conference aims to put current developments in painting and critique in perspective; they will do this by “reaching back to the [origin] moments of theoretical and institutional deﬁnition of painting as a medium in the Renaissance and in the eighteenth century.” They will cross the divide, confirm relevance of materiality of an art object, all the while considering the era of “digital de-materialization.”
Harvard provided Rachel Harrison’s “I’m with Stupid” in press materials related to this conference….It did!