“Perhaps that’s part of the mystery and magic of writing … that you can’t encompass it in any kind of definition or aphorism … or do anything but shake your head and strike your breast. It’s beyond me, but thank God, I’m mixed up with it.”—Jessamyn West (via theparisreview)
“Thus, magic in every papyrus; magic in all the religious formulas; magic bottled up in hermetically closed vials, many thousands of years old; magic in elegantly bound, modern works; magic in the most popular novels; magic in social gatherings; magic worse than that, sorcery—in the very air one…
Last week, Anthony Shadid’s memoir House of Stone, which tells of the author’s attempts to rebuild his dilapidated family home in Marjayoun, Lebanon and in turn of a search for identity in a restless Middle East—was published in the United Kingdom. To celebrate, Granta…
A great summer novel set in an Orient-like North Fork setting that will sends chills up your spine!
I just bought: The Rectory by Robert J. Hughes
The Rectory is a literary ghost story that explores what happens when a young mother, whose young son has died, seeks solace in an old house by the sea. Instead she finds an old diary, an eerie book - and unexpected visitors who prey upon the grief and desperation of others.
“I’ve seen how their relationship has grown, how it has matured but never staled,” Robert J. Hughes, a friend ordained by the Universal Life Church, said as he led the ceremony. “I’ve seen the proof that love at first sight can be love for long-term.”
CURRENT EXHIBITION: “MACRO-MICRO” Environmental Painter, Ken Cro-Ken
KEN CRO-KEN develops his paintings outside with the help of nature; in above and below freezing weather to making summer and winter paintings. All weather conditions, such as rain and snow to experience the power of nature. As a result, Cro-Ken learns about paint and nature at the same time
He defines these “active paints” as Speed Elements. He sets a painting in motion to recreate the push-pull forces that shape all things and responds to the distinctive environmental contribution as further inspiration toward the completion of each canvas. The exposure of the canvas deepens his relationship with nature and reveals its every influence.
Abstract Expressionists recorded their gestures. Cro-Ken records the participation of the environment with his canvas. He has said, “I feel a need to strike a balance between my inner and outer self, as these activated paint experiments force me to be more sensitive to things outside myself. If I lose this equilibrium I can become an intruder to my own painting and potentially scar a paint experiment; and the same can be said of our relationship with nature.” Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it thus in “The Conduct of Life”: “Nature has her own best mode of doing each thing, and she has somewhere told it plainly, if we will keep our eyes and ears open. If not, she will not be slow in undeceiving us when we prefer our own way to hers.”
The moment of chance experienced by Pollock when paint left his brush or stick until it landed on the canvas extends to days, weeks, months and even longer. Video captures images that elude the final canvas. Cro-Ken thinks it would be more accurate to term a painting that comes to rest a “painted” and the video of its creation a “painting”. Cro-Ken manipulates space, time and matter and the matter is never just paint.
Cro-Ken has exhibited and lectured extensively in Auckland and Christ Church, New Zealand; Linz, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Boston, Massachusetts; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Manhattan, Long Island and Brooklyn„ New York; Santa Barbara, San Diego and San Francisco, California; Washington D.C.; Chatham, N.J.; and Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Florida.
* There will an exhibit of Ken Cro-Ken’s art at the Greenable Museum. www.KenCroKen.com —Catherine McWeeney