Monthly Archives: October 2013

Futurist Enrichment

Transformation continuity
Transparent innovation
Archetype conformity

Past visions of the future, physically manifested but never completely realized. Predictions always end-up being adjudicated. It is constantly a brave new world.

“It is in the realm of architecture, however, that modifications in aesthetic production are most dramatically visible, and that their theoretical problems have been most centrally raised and articulated.” – Fredric Jameson

Vertigo Exercise

Intensive sensation
Rationality framework analysis
Repositioning understanding

The responsive eye, visual disorientation induced while consuming a sandwich redefines art immersion. Concerning the interactions between pattern distribution and illusion within dimensional space, this diptych was assembled from images captured inside the Venice Biennale restaurant. All visual art involves perceptual experience by definition, while to different degrees investigating vision functionality.

“Every form is a base for color; every color is the attribute of a form.” – Victor Vasarely

Resurgent Idealism

Search for the signified
Spatial metaphor
Radically contingent

Science is a systematic methodology that develops and organizes empirical knowledge in the form of testable hypothesizes and predictions about existence. Metaphysics is a non-empirical speculative inquiry into the nature of existence. Kant argues it is unfeasible to extend knowledge to the supersensible realm of conjectural metaphysics. Structuralism argues that knowledge is modeled on language by means of a structure that differs from both science and metaphysics. Furthermore, this structure dialectically mediates between the two as binaries.Post-Structuralism interrogates structuralism by emphasizing knowledge system instability that results from human intricacy. Also problematic is the condition of being embedded in the very structures under study. Thus in Post-Structuralism, all assumptions and knowledge systems produce illusion, including but not limited to metaphysics.

“We are living through a fragmentation of the imaginary.” – Julia Kristeva


Visible track
Following directly
Turbulence condition

A public taxi in Venice ploughs through the water creating a wake by movement displacement. This seems like an action involving a cause and effect relationship that might be used in inductive reasoning: objects moving though liquid always create turbulence patterns. In such thought processing, premises furnish convincing evidence for the probable truth of the conclusion. As observing subjects, however, we are susceptible to a conditioned stimulus response when we learn to expect two events to occur together. Although we link them, they may have no causal relationship. An inductive logical argument can only suggest truth without certainty.

“None but a fool or madman will ever pretend to dispute the authority of experience, or to reject that great guide of human life.” – David Hume

Close Quarters

Matters of form
Conceived as a field
Abstract thought complex

Aesthetic production is a dynamic activity. The process defines the result; initial ideas become extended and enhanced as a function of doing. Rather than performing only as an observer separated from the observed, that which is observed transforms the observer. Embracing this potential can re-contextualize cause and effect relationships facilitating intensification. Awareness is always in a state of becoming.

“The senses do not enable us to cognize any entity in its Being; they merely serve to announce the ways in which ‘external’ Things within-the-world are useful or harmful for human creatures encumbered with bodies….they tell us nothing about entities in their Being.” – Martin Heidegger

Old Courthouse

Main street
Eclectic cafe
Concert series

Using the restored old courthouse as a venue for live acoustic music presented under candle light is an excellent initiative. Here is how things appear sans entertainers and the audience.

“I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it’s been pretty fun.” – Roland Barthes

The Schnitz

Vaudeville venue
Surviving theater
New replica sign

Some things are worth preserving, like this venerable entertainment palace. Originally opened as the Portland Publix Theatre in March 1928, the name changed over the years as the economy shifted. In the early 1980’s, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was completly renovated, including the landmark 65-foot-tall sign.

“If vaudeville had died, television was the box they put it in.” – Larry Gelbart

Fashion Encounter

General term
Habitual trend
Prevailing behavior

Available on the street, conditions of fabricated meaning function as a determinant discursive field. Institutions disseminate and disperse the formulations directed at behavioral modification. Penetrating cultural reflections, temporary integration into a prevailing paradigm stimulates conceptual curiosity.

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” – Oscar Wilde


Conceptual determination
Pleasure sentiment
Interest independent

Clean shapes defined by relative position and illumination. Every experience offers transcendental opportunity when creativity is the purpose of being. Art is acquiescence, liberation, awareness stimulation, and provides access to the unconscious subjective mind. Existence is exploratory: one new episode after another.

“What modern art means is that you have to keep finding new ways to express yourself, to express the problems, that there are no settled ways, no fixed approach.” – Louise Bourgeois


Recent times
Borrowed element

All the news that is fit to display, presented in a backlit corner double appropriation encounter. Human-made visual culture intertextuality operates on a multiplicity of levels. Some fine art poses a direct challenge to conventional cultural perceptions, notions of ownership, understandings of originality, and plagiarism allegations. Modernity lives on in the experience of rebelling against all that is normative.

“Fashion has a scent for what is current, whenever this moves within the thicket of what was once.” – Walter Benjamin