Günter Brus, Action “Ana” with Anna Brus, 1964, Apartment Muehl, Vienna
"Why should I be bothering myself with questions which shall eternally remain unanswered? How queer that wave of agony; melancholy paralyzing my senses, beautifully, yet for nothing."
Virginia Woolf in a diary entry dated 5 July 1919 (via lithomancy)
I think this is one of those ideas that’s more likely to occur to someone who had just recently moved to New York. If you’ve lived here your whole life, you probably just think of the subway as a way of getting from point A to point B. But to me it was fascinating the way subway cars sometimes run alongside each other, just inches apart, and occasionally line up at the same speed. Sometimes you make eye contact with someone in the other train, which is usually more awkward than anything else, but I turned it into something kind of romantic or wistful.
BedLam - a Lazarides show in The Old Vic Tunnels, London
Internal necessity arises from three mystical sources. It is composed of three mystical necessities:
1. Every artist, as creator, must express what is peculiar to himself (element of personality).
2. Every artist, as child of his time, must express what is peculiar to his own time (element of style, in its inner value, compounded of the language of the time and the language of the race, as long as the race exists as such).
3. Every artist, as servant of art, must express what is peculiar to art in general (element of the pure and eternally artistic, which pervades every individual, every people, every age, and which is to be seen in the works of every artist, of every nation, and of every period, and which, being the principal element of art, knows neither time nor space).
Kandinsky, Complete Writings on Art , Volume One (1901-1921)
pg. 173 from “On the Spiritual in Art”