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.
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
Storm27 by Koktebel Ecrimea, Edited.
“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.”
"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.”
Untitled (72-23A), John Menapace
Self portrait by North Carolina photographer and teacher John Menapace (November 25, 1927-July 30, 2010)
Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” - 1895.