…it remains just play: the highest and the most
profound play. But this ‘just’ is everything, the
one, the only.

Martin Heidegger



 Ink 1989 - 1999

    ars- skill as result of knowledge and practice/ its display or
    application/ artifice/ learning
    artifex- master/ skilled practitioner
    The artist concentrates upon the process. Emptiness opens up:
    an absolute negativity. One learns to let go: creative and
    deliberately artificial play (Schiller’s play-instinct as the origin
    of visual art); play as freedom (Huizinga); correspondences,
    marks, and their ritual manipulation; the act as gift (Baudrillard).
    The unpainted space, virtuality, has the same value as the
    painted one: to see together and treat as a whole brushmarks
    and intervals (Duthuit) activating the entire surface welling up
    from within.
    The game is a symbolic repetitive enactment closed in itself
    (Nicholas of Cusa). It is a possible world (Arbib, Hesse).
    What matters is one locating oneself therein – ritual
    renunciation of self (Bataille), Mallarme’s pure play, the
    divine game where the whole of chance is affirmed in one
    throw (Deleuze).

 

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James Joyce

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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