All posts tagged: Visual Arts

Poetry : Cut Neck by Zarina Zabrisky

CUT NECK   HE (standing with a razor in one hand, a photograph in the other)   This neck connects Her head to her body. Her true self To the garden of her delight I should have married A real woman A woman Who acts like a wife Whose head belongs to me Just like her body A woman Made of my rib A woman Out of whose rib I was made A mother My mother   Not a phantom of a woman With curves as lovely As love itself But with the eyes Of a statue Looking inside Not outside Not at me.   Fragmented reality. Snatches of dreams. Swimming in light Silvery outlines shimmer Close yet elusive To catch them I slash on her neck With my razor Dividing her head from her body Photographic blood Bursts Burns my fingers. I kill her To make her mine   SHE (enters, he doesn’t see her)   You slashed at my neck With your razor You wanted my body dead, obedient, Only yours, Still desired …

The Cézannization of what wasn’t left, an excerpt from ‘Machinations’

untitled image , oil on canvas by © Michael McAloran 2003 histology slice 3 [ a tissue cloth so delicately coloured in mauves and purples indigo and ivory cells become tissue whereas this isn’t at all the case all is one in febrile disequilibrium not excluding momentary states of euphoria and relative equilibrium the macabre beauty of histology like a travelogue along enlarged detailed drawings of funghal spores or sporoform zoophytes white exquisitely and hypersensitively drawn by haekcle against a black CSO corps sans organes the hubris debris humus against which lines flightlines maps nomadologic trails micro politic events pointillistic gestes rhizomatic ghanaean junglean infra branchings dadaistic or ba’akan pygmee refrains establish unfold glare and disappear amongst glacis’ of ice basalt slate sapphire or northsea grayness and mist histology is that : the slice with obsolete or ephemereal or contingent a truth to leave the observor with her’s his’s own ponderings of carcinogenic intimacy or clean tissue missive towards the ones receptive the ones donating slices out of their body to be mapped navigated coloured in …

My submission to the Copyright Review Committee 2012.

‘The Arts and the Public Domain; Arts Practice as Culturally Necessary.’   The Arts and the Public Domain.  Ireland requires not alone a statutory organisation, such as a copyright council, it requires also a non-governmental centre for social-media where artists and developers can discuss and decide manifestos which will protect their original works and others’ rights to access those works online. The  very nature of arts practice lends itself to derivatives which allow original works to be adapted, used, or translated for the benefit of the entire community. A locked-in copyright system deprives the community of access to original-works in theatre, film, music and performance. (Center for Social Media, America and The Harriet Monroe Institute of the Poetry Foundation) Certain aggressive methodologies of blocking can cause those artists who use CC licences,  blogging-platforms, wikimedia-commons, and other modes of dissemination to lose both income and influence. The artist , in this case has chosen to invite others to use their works (cf.  CC-Licences, UCC,  2011-2012. Development of Creative Commons licences, incl. Sharealike.) Limiting the modes of transmission of code and/or blogging tools used by …

Bird poems from Poethead

Preamble to  The Valley by  Kerry Hardie ‘The first valley is the Valley of the Quest, the second the Valley of Love the third is the Valley of Understanding the fourth is the Valley of Independence and Detachment the fifth of Pure Unity the sixth is the Valley of Astonishment and the seventh is the Valley of Poverty and Nothingness beyond which one can go no further. ‘ from , The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar, written in the second half of the twelfth century AD. This rendering in english is by C.S Nott. I published a short poem of condolence this week for the victims of atrocity in Norway, and got to thinking about the bird poems that are linked on the blog. There are quite a few bird  poems,  as there are images scattered on the blog. I thought to link them here today. The avatar that I chose for Poethead is  a bird,  Max Ernst’s image  is one of a set  of  lithographs used in his illustration of René Crevel‘s  Babylon . My avatar image is just below this short …

Affixing the Imprimatur, queer art and blasphemy in Cork.

Wherein the definition of art and who gets the imprimatur?   I find myself at a loss regarding how the problem of blasphemy is being discussed in Cork. There has been no art-historical analysis of queer art, there has been little media reference to the issue of the 2006-2009 Defamation Bill, and discussion on one political site is limited to the idea that art should be subject to market-force and consumer popularity. Rather than to even attempt to deal with the paucity of discussion on this issue which is limited, unimaginative and striking in its poverty, I thought to look at the issue of leadership, or in this case, lack thereof. There are two posts on Poethead concerned with this context in Irish censorship, specifically the use of blasphemy as a means of censoring art, I refer to the issue of visual art and blasphemy in the historic sense in relation to the Rouault controversy, an Irish historical precedent for art censorship based in the accusation of blasphemy.  The charge against that painter (a Fauvist catholic) was of  ‘blasphemy and incompetence‘, …