Poiesis & Craftman’s Task : two seeds for bloggers (and others)

In philosophy, poiesis is :

“The activity in which a person brings something into being that did not exist before”.

So what?

In itself, nothing, but I sensed around it a possible source of tools.

Paul Valéry – a French poet – in 1937, used this word in a more precise way :

To study the conditions of the generation of a work of art.

Ain’t it interesting? There’s meta here, of course. And I love to blog about… how, when and why we blog.

 

On Wikipedia I found this intriguing thing :

Dreyfus and Dorrance Kelly urge each person to become a sort of “craftsman” whose responsibility it is to refine their faculty for poiesis in order to achieve existential meaning in their lives and to reconcile their bodies with whatever transcendence there is to be had in life itself:

“The task of the craftsman is not to generate the meaning, but rather to cultivate in himself the skill for discerning the meanings that are already there.”

 

Ooohhh! Well, this could be one string of my harp, here, right? Seeking patterns and showing/sharing them is this.

 

Tools :

What do you think? Where is your “skill to discern meaning that are already there”? Do you use it? Why? What can it bring? Why is it interesting to study the way you work? Progress of course, but what else? Extension? Limitation? Effectiveness? Teaching it?

Thanks for reading!

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Moriyama, Yeste, “Nah won’t go”s & Ironing in Swedish 19th Century

Today I met a pattern. Three times.

ONE

I discovered a Spanish photographer named Txema Yeste. I immediately put him in a labelled box : “Eccentric overcoloured top model bullshit Vogue-like”. Nah, won’t go. But I don’t know why, picture by picture I was like “Hey… wait a minute!…”.

Talent. Something else. Something More.

TWO

Today was a grey lonely day for me. I went out for errands and met a neighbor in the lift, who told me that tonight she goes to hear a lecture about Swedish ironing in the old times. I laughed (of course), and she did too. “Nah, won’t go”, right? Then I thought about it and left her these words : “If someone makes a lecture about that, there will be probably ideas to find”.

Of course! Plunge or dig in any domain where someone show passion, and find your seeds. There are some. For sure.

THREE

Intrigued by Yeste, this afternoon, I read an interview of the man. He said he liked a Japanese photographer called Daido Moriyama. Thus, I google-imaged him. My quick-eyed instinct was grinning (labelled box) : “Sooty disturbing black & white photography”. Nah, won’t go.

But, crap and dang : Talent! Surprises. Good ideas. Gorgeous ideas!

 

I found two things today :

  1. We should maybe explore a little more fields we are sure we do not like. We just need a little help from an expert, or a little insistence.
  2. I had to search a little to understand and find the common chromosome between Moriyama and Yeste. Intensity/Generosity? I probably need another article to explain it…

 

Have a great day!

 

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Ben Aronson, “urban scenes” American Painter

I’ve a problem with Ben Aronson. His work always makes me balance like a pendulum, between :

  1. Naah this guy is too dexterous, he paints too much, he trusts too much his talents, it’s crafty knacky laziness, like “I know I’m good, fuck it”.
  2. Ohhh this is so exquisito-gorgeous! Look at this light! Vibrating! We could almost feel the wind and the sun and the shadows and hear the cars. He got the mood and heart of this street!

Therefore I keep watching. His flowers are gorgeous. I admit he “felt” Paris’ streets. I like when he’s attracted to more abstraction. I like this paradox, it’s realistic but not at all : there’s a pendulum with expressionism, a speed, a movement. It’s realistic from afar, but not at all if you look closer…

Thanks for reading!

JP

 

 

 

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“Generous & Impeccable” – Bach as Standard Meter?

Today I talked with someone about Paul Valéry‘s genius, probably the greatest thinker I’ve ever read. She said to me he was like “the Bach of literature”. Which for me sounds clear : generous & impeccable. And this is true! I agreed…

OK now let’s play accordingly (is it English?).

Take a name from an Art and say it’s the “XXX” of another Art.

  • Who’s the Dario Argento of poetry?
  • Who’s the Stravinsky of literature?
  • The Joyce of music? The Antonioni of painting? The Frank Lloyd Wright of pop music? The Mike Oldfield of photography? Van Gogh of pop music?

 

See me coming? What can it bring to us? If you choose a “Big Name” of an Art (Rimbaud, Kubrick, Pollock, Doisneau), how does it work? A couple of adjectives? How does it help? The Pollock of poetry, really? What if we took this pattern seriously? Could it trigger a blossoming study?

Tell me…

 

Thanks for reading!

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Instagram : ____karine___

Robert Adams, American photographer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Adams_(photographer)

Robert Adams (born 1937) is an American photographer “who focused on the changing landscapes of the American West”.

I like his photos, and understood I liked it because he works on borders : between nature and men things, between the past and now, he works on where things… rub.

 

Have a nice week end!

 

JP

 

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Peter Sculthorpe, Delaware Painter

http://www.petersculthorpe.com/

Classical, meticulous, American. I’m unable to say what I like in this work. Sculthorpe is a good technician. He paints a lot (I found plenty on the web). I think I liked the first one very much, then I searched a lot for others.

Many painters have an “intention” – and we love that! But he seems to want just to show us how it is. It’s so quiet…

Though it looks like photography, there’s something different. A slight something (look at the first one, this night…). Nevertheless, it’s not haunting like Wyeth.

I don’t know. I love the way he loves the light. What do you think?

Have a nice day!

 

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Peter De Bruyne, Belgian Photographer

http://www.peterdebruyne.com/

Peter De Bruyne comes from Belgium. He takes pictures of his country, or Poland, or USA. And see : he likes to be blurry!

Well, I’m interested in guys who don”t obey. Too dark, too blurry : “mistakes”. Therefore (maybe), there he goes!

You can find you own seeds in this approach (don’t obey rules, do something which seems wrong, insist). You can also think about this : “What does the artist want?”. The mood without the objects? Abstraction? You decide.

Have a nice day!

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