a half century of confronting Art & Practice.
Make effort while a glimmer illuminates your task.
Make effort when incoherence stops the whole from appearing whole. Sit with it when the impulse lags. Leave it fallow when attention wanders.
Take lessons forward from where they have been discovered.
Work in ways in which an addition or a subtraction, an affirmation or a negation, become indistinguishable, interchangeable.
Move on the urge. Stop at the end of it. Distinguish urge from compulsion. And, drop your compulsions.
Value is not “added.” Quality is not something we can “control.” Value results from the honesty of our confrontation. Confrontation, not meant as a battle. It’s not a battle. It is a standing before. We stand before questions we can’t hope to answer.
Quality is a characteristic of coherence. Coherence is a movement between implicit and explicit and back again and again. Coherence can only begin to appear when we can no longer distinguish intention and result. At the point where everything is where it has to be and nothing is extraneous. Where a wholeness shimmers and brings to life a whole much larger than its parts.
Neither impose nor destroy. Suggest and catalyze.
Neither boldness nor nuance is enough. The one without the other is hollow, shallow, dishonest.
Illusion, in the sense of a mimesis, is part of transformation. Delusion blocks it. The two can be distinguished. This is where we need to maintain Faith.
Delusion does not hold up without the support of compulsion. Illusion sweeps through the whole like an animating breath. This movement is transformation.
What is transformed maintains every state it has passed through and denies nothing. This effect grows with time. This effect is independent of desire. Is not subject to Will. It is the breath of Grace. It is inspiration. It establishes a being capable of confronting us back.
We need to first make room for change. This is why we drop compulsions. They fill our attention and block any passage towards change we might otherwise discover.
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