Category Archives: City

Living Spirit

Transmitted theory
Immediately eternal
Visible form

Contact with existence is oblique and vicarious. The reality of the particular never completely corresponds to the possibility inherent within its absolute existence. All objects are more than their mutual associations and exceed their appearances.

“The philosophy of art is a necessary goal of the philosopher, who in art views the inner essence of his own discipline as if in a magic and symbolic mirror.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

Antithetical Pairs

Concrete predication
Unity multiplicity
Hypostatization

A speculative system is a domain of organic reciprocity in which content and form, or subject matter and methodology, cannot be arbitrarily isolated, but rather meditate one another.

“Art ever and again continues to speak to us of what philosophy cannot depict in external form, namely the unconscious element in acting and producing, and its original identify with the conscious.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

City Night

Luminous abstraction
Cultural center
Straddle the boundary

In New Orleans, a twilight view from the sixth floor of the Le Pavillon Hotel overlooks One Shell Square.

“All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful, but the beauty is grim.” – Christopher Morley

Cross Walking

Physical activity
In a given pathway
Align outcomes

The unconditioned is Being itself, and thus cannot demonstrate entirely in any finite entity. Yet every individual is a particular expression of the unconditioned . Rather than being separate from the external world, by focusing on organic, dynamic, and assembled holistic narratives, human beings are integrating into existence.

“Now Nature itself is, according to general consensus, nothing other than the sum total of existence; it would therefore be impossible to view Nature as an unconditioned, if the concealed trace of freedom could not be discovered in the concept of being itself.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

Efficacious Means

Laws of rhythm
Feeling analysis
Emotional equivalent

Duration is comprised of moments nested inside of one another. As experience is integrated into an external physical realm, feeling invokes an inherent life principle aimed at unity. All action flows from a common source.

“There are thus distinct phases in the progress of an aesthetic feeling, as in the state of hypnosis ; and these phases correspond less to variations of degree than to differences of state or of nature.” – Henri Bergson

Cold Day

Lonely city
Blustery chill felt
Senses whirling

Multitudinous happenings transpire within an area of expansive density, as considerations of immediacy reflect on continuance and veracity formulation. Time and temporal perspectives, both visual and cognitive, govern experience.

“There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.” – Charlotte Eriksson

Dunk’s Deli

Greater downtown
Central business district
Do not expect much

A colorful striped awning in the morning sun is advantageously integrated into an urban geometrical abstraction. The spatial relationships between various compositional parts never cease irresistibly to draw attention and interest.

“Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.” – Piet Mondrian

Interval Break

Reflective edge
Suddenly susceptible
Essence remains

Mesmerizing information organizes itself into layers on the urban corner. A nuance of meaning lasts for a prescribed waiting period as passive thoughts meddle with appearance.

“By bring one back to oneself, the painted traces awaken feeling, disclose inward spirit, subjectivity, to itself in the mode of feeling.” – John Sallis

Affirm the Existence

Merely to say
Unactualized possibilities
Ontological agreement

Sometimes ‘things-in-themselves’ are distinctly interesting in their presented space and time coordinates. Through aesthetic appraisement, metaphysics is capable of extending our knowledge of reality.

“To be is to be the value of a variable.” – Willard Van Orman Quine

Wrapped Perceptions

Mystifying gloss
Tantalizing access
Organizing principles

The present moment in memory becomes a myth that grows into a systematic intellectual impulse. Seeking answers in the city as nightfalls is a physical process in concert with exteriority, dancing in the moonlight.

“Reality is not figure and void, it is all relationships, a twinkling field of interrelated events.” – Robert Hughes