member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life

This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo

(Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

In Defiance of Gravity

(artist: Jacek Yerka)

(artist: Jacek Yerka)

In response to the news of the day...
Here is a video of defying gravity, which we should all do, in every sense of the phrase, if we are to escape the laws and limits of the “board”...... i don't know how Erika Janunger did this, but she did, and that means something.

Introducing it, I'd like to quote Tom Robbins, a master of defying gravity, from an essay called “In Defiance of Gravity,” from which I borrow the title of this entry. He begins the essay contemplating a leap off a bridge and wondering how he has come to that point, and he realizes that it's from having taken too big a share of some painfully depressing fiction. He then goes on to wonder what the point of such a style of fiction is. He is not, and nor am I, suggesting that we should eschew topics that matter, difficult topics, out of a desire to always feel warm and fuzzy, he is merely addressing the way in which we decide to go about exploring those topics, and the goal we have in mind when we do so. Are we hoping to convince others that, as hip-hop stars like to “spit” nobody knows the trouble I've seen... (hm. I may have mis-stated my source, there)? Are we hoping to spread the misery around a bit? To ensure that no bright corner, no last bastion of innocence remains? Or are we trying to solve a problem?

It's my opinion that if we're trying to solve a problem, we should suggest solutions. Possibilities. Possibilities, preferably, that adhere to Einstein's statement that if at first the thing doesn't seem absolutely impossible (absurd, even), then it's not even worth considering. That is the realm of art: painting doorways onto walls. Finding secret passageways:

(Orange Grove, by Jacek Yerka)

Refusing the trap of darkness and despair:

(Illegal Production of Light, by Jacek Yerka)

In that essay, Tom Robbins calls upon an ancient ideal, that of the Joker or the Fool (see blog “Liminal Spaces”), what the Tibetans call “crazy wisdom:”

"Crazy wisdom is, of course, the opposite of conventional wisdom. It is... wisdom that flouts taboos in order to undermine their power; wisdom that evolves when one, while refusing to avert one's gaze from the sorrows and injustices of the world, insists on joy in spite of everything; wisdom that embraces risk and eschews security; wisdom that turns the tables on neurosis by lampooning it; the wisdom of those who neither seek authority nor willingly submit to it."

Lightness of heart creates light, I think. Buoyancy, I mean.

So, that video:

For more photos of Jacek Yerka's artwork, I recommend:

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