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jenlindblad

writer // curator /// stockholm // new york
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"Art is the power to be able to embed thought in materials. For the poet, poetry is the material."
Jerry Saltz

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— 2 years ago with 15 notes
#Jerry Saltz  #art  #power  #poetry  #inspiration 
"Fail for me, but fail flamboyantly. Don’t fail the way we’re doing in Chelsea, which is mediocre. We can’t help it, because our airwaves are so expensive […] it gets out of scale in New York. And as a result we have great shows, but that’s all we have. Even if they stink, it’s always the same top of the Himalayas. You don’t know how high the mountains are unless you see the whole picture."

Jerry Saltz, to curators and artists at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis

(On kind of a JS kick, please forgive me, I promise something else soon.)

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— 2 years ago with 4 notes
#jerry saltz  #the art world  #inspiration 
"

Classroom teaching produces nothing. At the end of a class, we all get up and walk out. It’s as if we were never there. There’s nothing to point to, no monument, no document of our existence together.

[…]

If you can point to something, you might lose it, or you might break it, or someone might take it from you. As long as you store it inside yourself, it’s not going anywhere — or it’s going everywhere with you.

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Margaret Edson’s commencement speech at Smith College, 2008.

If I can ask something of you, read the full speech. It’s as inspirational as it is poetic; you’d be doing yourself a favor to read it.

— 2 years ago with 5 notes
#Margaret Edson  #Smith College  #commencement  #education  #inspiration 
toanunnery: Vacation, J.C. Leyendecker. 1907
Forget the florals or nautical wear; this is my Spring fashion inspiration.

toanunneryVacation, J.C. Leyendecker. 1907

Forget the florals or nautical wear; this is my Spring fashion inspiration.

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— 3 years ago with 59 notes
#fashion  #inspiration 
I’ve had the luxury of spending a lot of time in the past few weeks reading books, seeing exhibitions, and thinking about my thesis… but the time has come to buckle down and make some money for the summer so I can afford to live in San Francisco, so COME ON GLITTER PILE LET’S DO THIS.

I’ve had the luxury of spending a lot of time in the past few weeks reading books, seeing exhibitions, and thinking about my thesis… but the time has come to buckle down and make some money for the summer so I can afford to live in San Francisco, so COME ON GLITTER PILE LET’S DO THIS.

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— 3 years ago with 65537 notes
#channelling  #glitter  #inspiration  #san francisco  #thesis  #grad school 

Connecting Science and Art

IRA FLATOW:Where do you see the connection between science and art?
PROFESSOR LAWRENCE KRAUSS (Arizona State University):Well, to me it's kind of obvious. They ask the same questions. Science addresses - really what it does at its best is force us to reassess our place in the cosmos. Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? And those are the very same questions that you get in art, literature, music. Every time you read a wonderful book or see a wonderful film, you come out of it with a different perspective of yourself, and too often, it seems to me, we forget that cultural aspect of science, and that's the reason we're celebrating it here. And they come together in some sense in the notion of origins. Origins really is one place where, it seems to me, those two worlds connect the closest, because we all wonder about our origins in different ways. And it's the forefront of science in almost every field and yet, of course, it's really what we're asking ourselves when we think about literature and art.
(NPR, April 8, 2011)
— 3 years ago with 9 notes
#art  #science  #literature  #inspiration  #thesis  #grad school 

"And I don’t blink, and I just keeping going…"

Channelling this today.

— 3 years ago with 3 notes
#power  #michael caine  #actor  #inspiration 
"I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create."
William Blake
— 3 years ago
#william blake  #inspiration  #creativity  #tigertigerinthenight 
Value added

In light of all the complaining we art world professionals too often engage in (and who can blame us?), I offer Dominic Eichler’s essay “Value Added” published in Frieze in October 2009. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in a similar situation, where, after a rant about how difficult it is to work within the art world, someone asks “then why do you do it?” and all I can do it throw up my hands and sigh, “because I love it!” I hesitate to use the word ammunition, but Eichler provides some helpful… rebuttals to this scenario. (For easier reading, I have changed his eloquent semicolon-filled stream-of-consciousness list into bullet points.) My favorite has to be art is the sibling of language, and sometimes they have good fights. Pick your favorite, or come up with your own!

"So why on earth do we in the art world continue to do what we do? Is it possible to mount a reasonable defence, which might make sense to the […] lay person, or even just to comfort ourselves in dark moments of existential doubt? Ranging from the serious and seductive whisper to the arms-waving, tearfully impassioned plea (OK, just drunk and exasperated), all of the following points are ones I have tried in conversation, to mixed results: 

- art is the only place left that still allows a relatively autonomous, wild and profound discussion on just about anything that matters to anyone and everyone

- art is just as pointless, useless and necessary as any other activity in the world

- while there has arguably never been a truly adequate depiction of art in film or on television, no good film or television programme could have been conceived without lessons learnt from art

- whether justified or not, contemporary art has symbolic power in Western culture, and this power gives art context, responsibility and agency

- art can transform images, things and situations into more than they would be if art didn’t exist

- art is the sibling of language, and sometimes they have good fights

- art embraces the absurd, irrational and irreverent

- art people often abandon conservative notions of family

- art has a wayward conscience in an unconscionable world

- there are gender issues and all kinds of racial and sexual discrimination in art, but at least they are being discussed as problems

- art is preferable to religion because it’s not about finding a ‘one size fits all’ resolution

- some experiences of art can be better than the best love affairs

- history shows that art is what remains

- art is an alternative value system

- art is in everything people do, so someone needs to address that

- there are hierarchies within art, but they are volcanically volatile – bursts of energy can come from nowhere and change the landscape overnight

- the idea of art is nimble enough to defy definition

- art loves problems, misfits, hermits and the reckless

- art challenges death and despair

- art may be full of contradictions, but at its core lies the idea of championing freedom.”

Amen, Eichler, amen.

— 3 years ago with 6 notes
#dominic eichler  #frieze  #art  #power  #language  #inspiration