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Archive for July, 2015

stewart on industrial architecture

Posted by rigorousm on July 11, 2015

When you’re holding Contents Under Pressure, you can’t have many corners or straight edges; as a result, big refineries have this bulbous, science-fiction architecture, all tanks and spheres and pipes and udders. The buildings are covered in a spiderweb of metal ladders, lit by red and blue and amber lights that give whole thing an atmosphere exactly halfway between Christmas and Hell. Every part of Refinery Row (excepting whichever buildings have just recently blown up or burned down) is painted white, and the whole huge complex feels somehow unreal, as if someone had built a Battlestar Galactica theme park by the side of the road and then abandoned it after the show was cancelled.

– Sean Stewart, Perfect Circle, p 124.


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stewart on being haunted

Posted by rigorousm on July 11, 2015

You can’t deal with all that need, all that grief. Even me, I try to stay uninvolved. Because if you start noticing, where does it stop? There’s rivers of grief out there, floods of it. You’d drown. Anybody would.

But I think once the first ghost catches you, others can feel it. They can find you. We’re alive; we burn like candles in their darkness. Even the blind ones come groping for our heat.

— Sean Stewart, Perfect Circle, p 128.

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Lippard on L’ecriture feminine

Posted by rigorousm on July 8, 2015

“A uniform density, an overall texture, often sensuously tactile and often repetitive to the point of obsession; the preponderance of circular forms and central focus; often empty, often circular or oval, parabolic baglike forms… layered or strata; an indefinable looseness or flexibility of handling; a new fondness for pinks and pastels and the ephemeral cloud colours that used to be taboo.” Lippard 1976: 49. Quoted in An Intimate Distance: women, artists and the body, by Rosemary Betterton. Routledge 1996.

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Taussig on Baudelaire on beauty

Posted by rigorousm on July 2, 2015

In his essay “The Painter of Modern Life,” Baudelaire reminds us that “even in those centuries which seem to us the most monstrous and maddest, the immortal thirst for beauty has always found its satisfaction.” That immortal thirst is certainly active…. Yet it is more than beauty with which beauty dazzles us. It is beauty-as-depense, a tsunami of extravagant consumption reaching ever more baroque splendor that is beautiful….

— Michael Taussig, Beauty & the beast, 2012, p 16.

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