Brushpaths

Interpretive Calligraphy Works on paper
by Stefan Arteni

The General Theological Seminary
New York
November, 1999

 

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I droop and drift, as though
I belonged nowhere.

Lao Tzu

Heidegger emphasizes the iconic potential of the written linguistic sign qua sign.
   Sign (signum, secare: to cut) is that trace-in-time/way-marking/brushpath
   that marks the open, structured with the paths of a showing.
   Ritual, reflecting a presemantic state of communication,
   is a characteristic of every mark (Derrida).

Tao is way, waying, the art-less play of becoming one with the action.
Play as structure, as self-presentation, is the mode of being of the work (Gadamer).
   Chance occurrence (Mallarme), which creates a horizon of
   forgetting/erasure and recollection/pentimenti becomes an
   object of affirmation (Deleuze) as it ruptures the process
   and sees to it that the work obeys laws of its own.
The charakter (to mint, imprint, coin) remains sous rature as an
inarticulate presence. Iterability constitutes its identity in all deformations of
material incarnation.

© 2001 Stefan Arteni
& Myriam S.P.de Arteni
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