“To children ardent for some desperate glory, the old lie” – Wilfred Owen
First World War soldier, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was one of the leading poets and voices of the war. His poetry holds a sharp edge of realism forged with compassion and technical skill.
ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles maybe held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
September – October, 1917
“Life is knowing ourselves through shared experiences and reaffirming our place in the continuum of darkness dancing in the light.” – Ian Evenstar
Darkness Over Tibet, by Theodore Illion is an allegoric story describing Illion’s travels in Tibet. Illion’s stories are clearly symbolic but many people debate if they have any basis or facts at all. Theodore Illion isn’t even a verifiable person and determining the accuracy of these stories is difficult. Illion’s tales are counterintuitive to the compassion and love that Eastern philosophies are attributed because Illion’s journey details Tibet’s “dark spirituality” infused with the black magik and mysticism of the lamas.
What is more important than the literal accuracy of Illion’s stories is the basic principles that they outline. Primarily, Illion discovers that life is darkness and light, and all beings move upwards or sink downwards.
Read Darkness Over Tibet on Google Books.
“EVOL” is “LOVE” backwards, right? We’ve all heard this meme, but only a few of us have seen the street art created by the one who goes by EVOL. EVOL is a Berlin artist currently making work by pasting architectural photographs on banal urban surfaces. EVOL transforms electrical boxes, air conditioning units, planters, mailboxes and other geometric city forms into miniature buildings. EVOL often embellishes his structures with small characters peering out of the windows. EVOL’s work is now in different cities and he has been commissioned to do installations in galleries. EVOL has transformed entire blocks with miniature buildings and was featured in Berlin’s renowned ART magazine when it ran its first article on street art.
“Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution.”
The essence of Jonathan Calugi is noodles of obsessed line design twisted with talent. Look for the title of each piece incorporated typographically.
Shigeo Fukuda / Fukuda San (1932 – 2009)
In the video below, Shigeo Fukuda’s sculpture appears as an assembled mass of welded forks, knives, and spoons. Eventually, the shadowy form of the intended work unveils itself and leaves a glimpse of Fukuda’s concept.