Monthly Archives: July 2013


Energy of life
Presence virtuoso
Integrated location

An artist rendered as art, by virtue of ambient conditions and relative positional relationship. The light in Venice is extraordinary, the memory of which defines a transformative creative trip. With the cohort initiation complete, it is time to get on with philosophical business.

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” – E. M. Forster

On the Dune

Physical articulation
Transversely meaningful
Space conditions

We must always occupy space as a universal law of being. Come what may every day, a relationship of conscious interiority and external actuality defines existence. The momentary specifics of the particular boundless three-dimensional extent encounter will shape sensation, upon which action is formulated. Fortune thus contributes to the agent of change.

“The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.” – Robert Heinlein


Enhance overall
Aerodynamic efficiency
Increasing range

Except for the leader, all birds in a flight formation operate in wingtip vortices created by the forward bird. As a wing generates lift, the circular patterns of rotating air left behind helps support each subsequent bird in maintaining flight. Each bird in a V-formation can realize induced drag reduction of up to 65%, and as a result increase range by 70%. The front bird periodically rotates position in a cyclical manner to distribute flight fatigue evenly among the flock.

“I could have gone on flying through space forever.” – Yuri Gagarin

Examining Bowl

Practical reason
Theoretical conclusion
Transcendental object

An appearance versus actuality is a universal philosophical problem. The fact that we are able to question sensation in terms of its relationship to reality is a defining aptitude of humanity. Thinking about our own capacity for thought fuels creativity.

“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” – Immanuel Kant

Mackerel Pattern

Might be assumed
Medieval cats
Were tabbies

Although I attempted to make friends with the Spannocchia cats, they would have nothing of it. Approach only so close, encroaching on their personal space, and they would scurry off to a distant vantage point.

“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style; he just goes on trying other things.” – Pablo Picasso

Black Cat

Folklore fluctuates
Good luck bad luck
Had my share

Responding to contradictory conditions of the current moment, many independent and aloof Italian cats live at Spannocchia. Not allowed into the Castle, their status as semi-wild creatures of the yard contributes to their ambivalence towards humans. They seem willing to tolerate our presence with indifference, a strong indication of cross-cultural feline behavior.

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx


Lightweight narrow
Displacement hull
Recreational watercraft

Colorful shapes on shore aesthetically positioned and ready for adventure.

“Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe…you can’t take a taxi.” – Alan Alda


Neotextual theory
Reader as observer
Paradigm of consensus

Wandering around the farm equipment at Spannocchia, a message snippet on the side of a tractor offers an abstract interpretation treatment. Individual marks of a written medium are objectified and materialized, forced to experience the effects of physical change associated with entropy.

“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Homage to Sebasticook

Lake travel
Petite lighthouse
Terminus point

Perhaps this work could be the start of a new image series made dialectically in relation to my “Big Stuff” project, conceived as interrelated polemic structural arguments. This would reference Hegel’s belief in dynamic movement towards the absolute, analyzed in terms of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis categories. An initial thesis concept contains within itself incompleteness that stimulates antithesis opposition, a conflicting idea or movement. As a result of this conflict, a third synthesis perspective ascends, which overcomes the conflict by reconciling at a higher level validity contained in both the thesis and antithesis. Thus the synthesis is the process product preserving all subsumed component ideas or stages.

“What is rational is real and what is real is rational.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Beach Storm

Disturbed state
Pressure boundary
To the south

Meanwhile on the Outer Banks, a thunderstorm changes the atmospheric conditions. Powerful energy made visibly apparent, it travels off-shore in a positional manner that elicits a splendid sublime outlook. Some philosophers suggest that beauty and the sublime can be joined or alternated.

“Might is a power which is superior to great hindrances. It is termed dominion if it is also superior to the resistance of that which itself possesses might. Nature considered in an aesthetic judgment as might that has no dominion over us, is dynamically sublime.” – Immanuel Kant