Negative Capability

Keats spoke of a “negative capability” - a state of being where one becomes a channel for expression - fashioning the self as a channel and a repository of external information. The Internet seems to fulfill a very similar role. This is the goal that I strive for with this blog. Let's see where this goes.

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

—   

Hanlon’s razor

oldbookillustrations:

From this time the monkeys always waited upon her.
Walter Crane, from Beauty and the beast picture book, New York, 1911.
(Source: archive.org)

oldbookillustrations:

From this time the monkeys always waited upon her.

Walter Crane, from Beauty and the beast picture book, New York, 1911.

(Source: archive.org)

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gfrancescoa:

Arvo Pärt

gfrancescoa:

Arvo Pärt

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thephysicalisanillusion:

darvinoglu:
Alexander Rodchenko, Hanging Construction, 1920

thephysicalisanillusion:

darvinoglu:

Alexander Rodchenko,
Hanging Construction, 1920

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iheartmyart:

Yang Yongliang, The Day of Perpetual Night, 2012 (via Colossal)

iheartmyart:

Yang Yongliang, The Day of Perpetual Night, 2012 
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iheartmyart:

© Webster & Stevens, ca. 1919, Stacks of lumber drying, Seattle
The Cedar Lumber Manufacturing Company’s mill, located just west of the Ballard Bridge, was the largest in Ballard. At the mill, logs were cut into lumber which was then dried for at least nine months before being sold. The stacks of drying lumber were over 50 feet high. In 1958, these stacks caught fire and burned. Ballard residents remembered the huge blaze for many years. (+)
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iheartmyart:

© Webster & Stevens, ca. 1919, Stacks of lumber drying, Seattle

The Cedar Lumber Manufacturing Company’s mill, located just west of the Ballard Bridge, was the largest in Ballard. At the mill, logs were cut into lumber which was then dried for at least nine months before being sold. The stacks of drying lumber were over 50 feet high. In 1958, these stacks caught fire and burned. Ballard residents remembered the huge blaze for many years. (+)

(via burnedshoes)

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Ah. How I wish it was summer again. But first, some spring is in order.

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thegiftsoflife:

keeping Watch. By Ian Layzell by IANLAYZELLUK on Flickr.
lawhimsy:

Chrissy Piper Journal ~ La

lawhimsy:

Chrissy Piper Journal ~ La

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Abandoned structures around the world. Gothic, meet Steampunk, meet post-apocalyptic. You will all get along splendidly.

artinfilms:

Top: Alatriste, 2006. Directed by  Agustín Díaz Yanes.

Bottom: The Surrender of Breda by Diego Velázquez. Oil on canvas, 1635.

Alatriste is a film based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s book series, The Adventures of Captain Alatriste and featuring Viggo Mortensen. It’s set in XVII century Spain and it looks as if Diego Velazquez were the director of photography! Throughout the film there are various references to different paintings by Velázquez, including Las Meninas and his portrait of Francisco de Quevedo. If the work of Velazquez and other baroque painters were used to further tie the fiction with the period and place it’s set in, it worked wonders. 

I found it a visually stunning film that, unfortunately, drags the story for too long. But as an art historian, the Spanish baroque references were a pleasure. 

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“It’s true to life.”

“And art?”

“It isn’t art.”

Caravaggio (Derek Jarman, 1986)

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