eyeburfi2:

Siyah mashq (lit. ‘black practice’ in Persian) originally referred to calligraphic practice sheets where words and letters were written facing in several directions and over each other, in order to conserve paper. However, when calligraphers realized how stunning some of these pieces were, siyah mashq evolved into a style of its own, where words and letters were repeated, regardless of meaning, in rhythmical compositions.
via islambook.net

eyeburfi2:

Siyah mashq (lit. ‘black practice’ in Persian) originally referred to calligraphic practice sheets where words and letters were written facing in several directions and over each other, in order to conserve paper. However, when calligraphers realized how stunning some of these pieces were, siyah mashq evolved into a style of its own, where words and letters were repeated, regardless of meaning, in rhythmical compositions.

via islambook.net

thenoguchimuseum:

Isamu Noguchi, Sculpture to Be Seen From Mars, 1947, model in sand (lost). 
Only known photograph by Soichi Sunami
Betraying Noguchi’s dim view of war and the ultimate outcome for mankind in the Atomic Age, this proto- earthwork would have effectively served as a conceptual tombstone.  Noguchi was greatly interested in the burial mounds of indigenous people, having visited the Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio in 1945. 
The Noguchi Museum Archive

thenoguchimuseum:

Isamu Noguchi, Sculpture to Be Seen From Mars, 1947, model in sand (lost). 

Only known photograph by Soichi Sunami

Betraying Noguchi’s dim view of war and the ultimate outcome for mankind in the Atomic Age, this proto- earthwork would have effectively served as a conceptual tombstone.  Noguchi was greatly interested in the burial mounds of indigenous people, having visited the Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio in 1945. 

The Noguchi Museum Archive

rayjohnsonestate:

“Ray…was encouraging artists all over the world to make and trade mail as an art activity…Some of these letters were finished statements or handmade objects; others were exquisite corpses conducted by mail, objects that traveled and accumulated the mojo of human touch and attention as they were ever modified. 
Ray’s handmade work…had a purposive childishness, but also a readily appreciable design rigor—a controlled looseness, beautiful color, shape and textural sense, a mastery of a private hieroglyphics of bunnies and goo-goo eyes.
He was a major alchemist, employing the power of the small, personal gesture.”
"Please Forward Contents" by Gary Panter at The Paris Review

rayjohnsonestate:

Ray…was encouraging artists all over the world to make and trade mail as an art activity…Some of these letters were finished statements or handmade objects; others were exquisite corpses conducted by mail, objects that traveled and accumulated the mojo of human touch and attention as they were ever modified. 

Ray’s handmade work…had a purposive childishness, but also a readily appreciable design rigor—a controlled looseness, beautiful color, shape and textural sense, a mastery of a private hieroglyphics of bunnies and goo-goo eyes.

He was a major alchemist, employing the power of the small, personal gesture.”

"Please Forward Contents" by Gary Panter at The Paris Review

rayjohnsonestate:

"The book crackles with intellectual energy…Most important, it fills out the picture of what and who Johnson was: a brilliant, uncontainable polymath, an artist-poet, the genuine item…

Any conclusions drawn about Johnson’s psychology from his writing must be provisional…If there’s a lot we can’t know, that’s O.K. Mystery is part of his beauty and his lastingness.”

"Life Revealed in Letters and Doodles: ‘Not Nothing’ Tries to Capture the Artist Ray Johnson" by Holland Cotter

rayjohnsonestate:

"The book crackles with intellectual energy…Most important, it fills out the picture of what and who Johnson was: a brilliant, uncontainable polymath, an artist-poet, the genuine item…

Any conclusions drawn about Johnson’s psychology from his writing must be provisional…If there’s a lot we can’t know, that’s O.K. Mystery is part of his beauty and his lastingness.”

"Life Revealed in Letters and Doodles: ‘Not Nothing’ Tries to Capture the Artist Ray Johnson" by Holland Cotter