gettin paid to dick around w woodcunts all day (at Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (Parsons The New School for Design))
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (via ive-become-comfortably—numb)
Black Flag “Louie Louie”
Franz Kafka, The Diaries (via f1gurehead)
Icarus, From the series The Four Disgracers, 1588
Hendrick Goltzius (Netherlandish, 1558–1617), after Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem (Netherlandish, 1562–1638)
Being Open and Empty, 2005
ink on paper, hanging scroll, 88 × 57 inches
A prominent example of Wang’s monumental calligraphic abstraction, this hanging scroll features powerfully inked lines that convey a vivid sense of the artist’s physical engagement with the work. The interaction of ink and ground—especially the spatters and streaks that communicate the impact and momentum of the brush—is crucial to its appreciation. The white paper is not simply the absence of ink, it is the picture “space” into which Wang’s ink structure is thrust. The title, borrowed from a phrase in the Daoist classic Zhuangzi (ca. 300 B.C.), refers to a state of enlightenment achieved through ridding one’s mind of mundane trifles. Its literal meaning, however, “protect the white” (shou bai), may also reflect Wang’s awareness of the uninked paper as a significant component of the whole.
i wonder if ‘wang’ is some shortened form of an asian ‘richard,’ as in people who for whatever reason volunteer to call themselves ‘dick’ when that’s not even their full name like what
andy war hole, skull, 1976.
Xu Bing - Book from the Sky [detail], circa 1987-91
"While the work is inspired by the form and typography of traditional Chinese woodblock publications, faithfully replicating every stylistic detail of traditional Chinese printing, not a single one of its roughly 1,200 characters… is intelligible. Each of these imaginary characters conveys the appearance of legibility but remains defiantly undecipherable."
Scene of Hell from an old Japanese woodblock printed book.