Friday, May 27, 2011

We Were Once A Fairytale: Kanye West and Spike Jonze

Kanye West is an artist whose career has an amazing amount of content that puts his identity and his therapy as the content.  This video is a little difficult to watch because of the level of immaturatiy that he portrays of himself.  The clip ends with an amazing scene in the club's bathroom showing Kanye cutting out part of his inner-something (shadow) and he watches it use a little knife to slice itself open and then die on the counter.  It is very much a modern day adult fairytale.

No Man is an Island- John Donne

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know
for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

-Meditation XVII
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Last Shadow Puppets: My Mistakes Were Made For You

Adele: Rolling In the Deep

This song has permeated Pop culture with a phenominal amount of momentum. It's very accesible and no doubt an indication of the current 'Spirit of the Age'.  I particularly like the video.  There is a shadow character that becomes obscured by a powder that is upset.  In the context of individuation, I'm excited to see such a creative representation of the shadow.  The cups being thrown against the wall are also a powerful image of the counter-intuitive feeling of breaking the will towards integration of the psyche or as a physical transferrence of anger to manifest the feelings of destruction.

David Hockney: Secret Knowledge- A History of Optics

I'm using optics and projection to link the joining of the shadow archetype and individuation process... I expect to do some writing about it soon, but I had the opportunity to get some images together to illustrate it conceptually.  Enjoy!

Olafur Eliasson: Your Engagement Has Consequences

Silhouette: The Art of the Shadow

In his book The English Face, the late Sir David Piper asserts that a silhouette "is not reall a portrait at all; in its basic form it is made by tracing the shadow-- it is not merely a portrait of one's shadow, it is virtually the actual shadow, stilled and fixed on paper.

Uta Barth: The Long Now

Khavarani: A Mystical World- Snapshots of a Journey Through My Mindscapes

Kamran Khavarani: Rumi Says...

 "Now I am totally enfolded in love,
Free from the world's cares."

 "Unseen, as the life-force
you flow,
intertwined within my life
Like a graceful spruce,
bringing splendor into my garden."

 "Oneness freed all the beings from their prison
and delighted the spirit of the Lovers."

 "Do not look to others to tell you how to lead your life,
do not be bound to preconceived ideas that others have taught you,
do not sell yourself to anything;
you are so valuable in your own right."

"I was dead, I came to life.
I was sadness, I became joy
The boundless kingdom of love arrived,
and made my life eternal bliss."

Brodie Lindsay: A Green Thumb in a Black and White World