Intimate Enigma

fuckyeahbookarts:

The Spirit Books by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

The Spirit Books bring together my love of the book and my response to the natural world that we see and the invisible one that lies behind it. I find evidence of that deeper world not in wide vistas and scenes but in small objects that I gather. While I enjoy the expanse of the horizon as I walk along the beach, I am drawn to the scattered piles of shells and driftwood I see on the sand. As I walk down the street on a glorious fall day, I find myself looking down at the fallen stems of the chestnut rather than up at the blazing orange maples. It is in the subtle shifts of browns and grays that I find beauty and resonance. 

I feel a deep connection to older powers as I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots. Using them to cradle books, I link them to the longstanding tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. “Reading” the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence.

pulmonaire:

Simryn Gill used books as a raw material, choosing words such as ‘because’, ‘vessel’, ‘always’, ‘jealous’, and ‘lull’, and removing them from the books to investigate if, and how, words lose or take on meaning when taken away from their intended structures and contexts.

(via fuckyeahbookarts)

iwantmyartnow:

“Untitled” (Perfect Lovers) 1991. The amazing artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres created this work shortly after his partner, Ross Laycock, was diagnosed with AIDS. These two identical, adjacent, battery-operated clocks were initially set to the same exact time, but with time they have fallen out of sync. The clocks are transformed into personal and poetic meditations of ever changing human relationships. We may start in perfect sync with someone but naturally we begin minutely drifting away from our starting point just like the two clocks that slowly grew apart. We either decide to renew our relationship by mending our ways (i.e. setting our clocks back) or seeking other people who match the state, “the time”, that we are currently in.

iwantmyartnow:

“Untitled” (Perfect Lovers) 1991. The amazing artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres created this work shortly after his partner, Ross Laycock, was diagnosed with AIDS. These two identical, adjacent, battery-operated clocks were initially set to the same exact time, but with time they have fallen out of sync. The clocks are transformed into personal and poetic meditations of ever changing human relationships. We may start in perfect sync with someone but naturally we begin minutely drifting away from our starting point just like the two clocks that slowly grew apart. We either decide to renew our relationship by mending our ways (i.e. setting our clocks back) or seeking other people who match the state, “the time”, that we are currently in.

1 year ago

a-cathartic-process:

“Felix Gonzalez-Torres ‘Untitled’ (Portrait of Ross)is an allegorical representation of the artist’s partner, Ross Laycock, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991. The installation is comprised of 175 pounds of candy, corresponding to Ross’s ideal body weight. Viewers are encouraged to take a piece of candy, and the diminishing amount parallels Ross’s weight loss and suffering prior to his death. Gonzalez-Torres stipulated that the pile should be continuously replenished, thus metaphorically granting perpetual life.”