Re: Happy Birthday to Stan: A Dialogue Between Two Great Artists

From: Pablo Marin (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jan 14 2007 - 06:08:49 PST

"I think I'd first just assemble all the children
together and show them how to meditate. I'd try to
show them how to find out who they ARE, not just what
their names are and things like that... I guess, even
before that, I'd get them to empty out everything
theri parents and everybody ever told them. I mean
even if their parents just told them an elephant's
big, I'd make them empty THAT out. An elephant's only
big when it's next to something else--a dog or a lady,
for example. (...) The same thing with the grass, and
other things. I wouldn't even tell them grass is
green. Colors are only names. I mean if you tell them
the grass is green, it makes them start expecting the
grass to look a certain way--YOUR way--instead of some
other way that may be just as good, and maybe much
better... i don't know. I'd just make them vomit up
every bit of the apple their parents and everybody
made them take a bite out of."

-- J.D. Salinger, 'TEDDY', 1953.

"Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of
perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional
logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of
everything but which must know each object encountered
in life through an adventure of perception. How many
colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling
baby unaware of 'Green'? How many rainbows can light
create for the untutored eye? How aware of variations
in heat waves can that eye be? Imagine a world alive
with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an
endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations
of color. Imagine a world before the 'beginning was
the word.'"

-- Stan Brakhage, 'METAPHORS ON VISION', 1963.

Best to all of Stan's family & friends,

Pablo Marin,
Buenos aires.

--- Pip Chodorov <email suppressed> wrote:

> Just a reminder to celebrate Stan Brakhage's
> birthday today, if you
> aren't already doing so.
> -Pip
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
> <email suppressed>.

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