September 13, 2012


4 Responses to “Untitled”

  1. extrasimile Says:

    Hi Anna—Sorry I’m so late getting back to you—I’ve been on vacation—because you do raise a serious question. ‘How can a poet maintain that a web is just a web?’ The idea being, I take it, that a poet, sensitive to the metaphorical, must see a web as being a symbol for something else. The most radical formulation of this is Norman O. Brown’s–Everything is a metaphor; there is only poetry. –a favorite idea of mine, but one that needs several grains of salt to swallow. Everything is symbolic of something else? Everything is tied together by a kind of identity-type relationship? I wonder what the spider would think of his work being transformed so. There is an old Zen saying—before you study Zen a mountain is a mountain, while you are studying Zen a mountain is no longer a mountain, after you have studied Zen, a mountain is a mountain. I wonder, by placing ‘the mountain’ inside a work of art are you doing something the equivalent of studying Zen—placing everything on a metaphorical level, pointing to a kind of wholeness—but also pointing to a place where everything is not whole, not related, not symbolic. Does a web really need to be more than a web?

  2. Anna Mark Says:

    Jim — how can a poet maintain that a web is just a web? Surely, it is more than a matter-of-fact web? Then again, I’ve heard it said that after all metaphors and symbolism are exhausted, a rock is just a rock again. I just find it interesting that you describe your webs as “just webs”, exercises in material and technique : ) I will always see webs as much more than that.

  3. extrasimile Says:

    Anna: This is just one of many drawings/ paintings of webs I’ve been doing recently. Just webs, no spiders, tree branches to support then, etc. No one seems to particularly like them. Oh, spider webs, how interesting. I think I see it as a form of coloring, of decoration, a way of using line and color on the page. They’re not particularly accurate as to the way spider webs actually look, they’re not especially grid-like (as in the wonderful paintings of Agnes Martin), they’re not webs of thought—just webs. Strictly speaking, this is a photograph of a painting that has been manipulated in Photoshop to give it that black and white look. Painting fragile lines with a shaking hand is kind of like a spider weaving a web on a breezy day, though, isn’t it?

  4. Anna Mark Says:

    hmmn…webs of thought? This image goes well with one of your 5-7-5s for a while back. I like the blue in the middle web, the background almost looks like a black and white photograph.

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