We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being
but non-being is what we use.
- Lao Tzu, *Tao Te Ching*
I saw these neon pieces by Alejandro Diaz at the David Shelton Gallery and they made me laugh.
We need take no more note of it than of a war between two African kingdoms in the fourteenth century, a war that altered nothing in the destiny of the world, even if a few hundred thousand blacks perished in excruciating torment.
- Milan Kundera, *The Unbearable Lightness of Being*
In anticipation of Bastille Day, here is some contemporary art I saw last month at 59 rue de Rivoli.
Master minimalist Donald Judd made an appearance at Mason Park on Houston's East End to unveil new concrete works along the banks of Brays Bayou last Sunday.
Smoke paints the air / Swirling images through my mind / Like a whirlpool spin beginning to unwind / And I stand at the edge cautiously awaiting/ As time slips by / Carefully navigating by the stars in the sky / And I sit / And I think to myself/ And on the horizon the sun light begins to climb
I once got in trouble for carving something in a school desk--a really expensive lab table.
This has got to be the best title I've seen for a piece in a good while. I love it precisely because it leaves so little to the imagination.
We are working to reconnect Houstonians to the region's native landscape.
Take a simple event: a man gets off a bus, trips, looks around in embarrassment, and sees a woman smiling. Describe this event, using the same characters and elements of setting, in five completely different ways.