Arthur Rimbaud & Glenn Gould : The “Big Less” Temptation

Rimbaud was a French poet who had a huge influence on Arts and Literature, but stopped writing at 21. He became a merchant, mostly in Africa (in coffee trading, for example!), and died at 37.

Gould was a Canadian pianist who stopped giving concerts at the age of 31 and became an eccentric hermit in recording studios.

Different destinies, but a similar pattern : at one moment, they stopped completely something they succeeding in, they closed a door.

Rimbaud stopped writing. Many wondered why : The artist had said everything? He wanted to explore another face of his personality? He had a secret wound? Dead wordsourcespring?
Gould didn’t stop making music, but never came back playing in concert, and he explained himself about that.

I write this because I wonder if sometimes we should consider a similar flip. A combination of levers & dials, studying what’s good in our life, considering that insisting (even in different ways) could be, from now, a failure : it’s maybe time for a closure?…


The Big Less is about considering to close a part of you which… works. Why would you do that, like “I park it”? Why would you stop what works? You feel you miss something? It’s too easy? You reached a plateau? I works but the wrong way? You lost a goal? You need to experiment to enrich? Fresh air? You need to get smaller to go faster? A fresh start to go elsewhere? You’re afraid of some ticking-over routine? Is it a bad idea? Why?

And who knows what will happen after some years? Maybe you’ll realize you needed the big disturbance of it? Maybe a bigger room will open? A secret path will appear? Maybe you’ll make good Bach records, or trade coffee?

Have a nice day!


Surreal Animals & Symmetry : Martin Wittfooth, Canadian #painter

This artist combines precise beauty with a certain amount of… disturbing elements. One lever is often pushed strangely far : too many flowers, too big, too symmetrical. It’s beautiful and disturbing, haunting, hypnotical, overwhelming…


Jeff Wall, Photographer – #photography #art

Jeff Wall is Canadian. When I met his work, I was… LOST. I couldn’t understand. It’s not strange, or beautiful, or frightening, or well dressed, or anything, it’s… I don’t know je ne sais pas.

Number one quality in Art should be : What’s NEW, here? Pardon my French, but I’m really struggling with Jeff Wall. My eyebrows are climbing crazy. I’m floored, and I don’t even KNOW why!

So you begin to search.

You are amazed but you don’t know why. It’s strange but you don’t know were. It seems genuine but also staged and prepared. It’s beautiful and inhabited, but also fake or a little weird. Uncomfortable but gorgeous too. Stolen, or maybe conceptual?

Watch his work and be prepared with questions, doubts and amazement. What do you see? What does he want? What does he show? Why? It’s suddenly very interesting and complex. Your brain begins to move, to ask, to…

Shouldn’t it be a goal for an Artist?

OK. Just watch :