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"…when I was working for Richard (Serra), I was writing music at the same time. I was working, and I was touring. One day I said, “Richard
I can’t draw at all; not a cat, not even a tree.” He said, “I can teach you to draw. I said, “really, how would you do that?” He said, “well, I’ll teach you to see, and then you would know how to draw.” I said aha!
It was like a revelation, and I thought immediately: painting is about seeing, dancing is about moving, poetry is about speaking, music is about listening."

From The Creative Pulse: A Conversation with Philip Glass

nacho alegre

Marsel van Oosten
how you like them apples
"I don’t know anything about the soul. All I know is some things have happened that I don’t understand and they are the most true things I’ve ever known."

— Poet Marie Howe in conversation with Krista Tippet in On Being.

moon bath
Francesco Lo Savio, Black Metal, Uniform, Opaque, 1961

Neo-orientalism in fashion - generalisations that lead to racial stereotypes: Alexander McQueen F/W 2000 ‘Eshu' 

It was a show notable for a number of things. Firstly, it was McQueen’s first show in Paris fashion week after having shown his collections exclusively in London fashion week thus far - a symbolic move in itself to a globe that took the art of fashion, of sewing and of creation more seriously. Secondly, it was a show that had been preceded by rumours of bombs or PETA violence because of the shows controversial theme. Most importantly, it was a show that was a continuation and a development of a theme explored in his earlier show ‘Nihilism' (S/S 1994) and a theme that is still relevant today: the misrepresentation of the ethnic minorities that perpetuate the neo-orientalism so dangerous to the modern mindset. 
The collection was inspired by the Yoruba tribe and specifically, by a deity called Eshu that often created conflict to test and teach humans (Alexander McQueen: Evolution by Katherine Gleason, pg.75), and so the collection showed reworked representations of Yoruba clothing including the orthodontic-looking device that pulled a model’s lips apart into a painful-looking rictus (Gleason, pg.76) as shown above. Of the collection, McQueen himself said “[It] was a reaction to designers romanticising ethnic dressing, like the Masai-inspired dress made of materials the Masai could never afford." (Alexander McQueen by Andrew Bolton, preface pg.III). 
When Edward Said wrote his book ‘Orientalism’, he was addressing the motives of colonisation - both economic (as prescribed by Karl Marx) and nationalistic - in shaping the study of the ‘Orient’ or the Middle-eastern/Asian cultures that fundamentally changed the way they were viewed as an ‘other’, creating the alterity that separated the savages from the civilised westerners. To some extent, McQueen’s ironic statement by himself appropriating the Yoruba clothing in extremes addresses the crass commercialisation of culture in the economic motives that have shaped the representation of minorities in fashion. In this way, it is a statement on the Neo-orientalism that has shaped cultural appropriation in fashion as Orientalism shaped western perception in the 1800s, where the profit margin relegates complex cultures to exotic ‘others’, the timelessness of McQueen’s statement underscored by Victoria Secret’s 2013 ‘Sexy Little Geisha’ abomination collection.
The question remains, was McQueen successful in separating himself from this movement, even in his self-conscious acknowledgement to it? The meta-fashion that McQueen practices - fashion reflecting on fashion - perhaps saves him through his awareness. I find his obsession with the ‘Noble Savage’ incredibly interesting, and will perhaps explore it more thoroughly in another segment. 
written by somethingvain
"Our society powerfully undermines those who seek to explore states of consciousness that are nurturing to spirit. So I would say we’ve become a species with amnesia. Were lulled by global archonic culture into forgetfulness about our true nature and purpose here which ultimately is a spiritual purpose. Far from awake and aware, the controlling powers of our society want us asleep and oblivious."

— From Graham Hancock’s Ted talk The War On Consciousness

Detail of Cy Twombly’s Untitled (Say Goodbye Catallus to the Shores of Asia Minor) 1994.
I’ve been with this work maybe 6 or 7 times now while my fiancé was studying for her MA at Rice University, Houston.  I even asked for her hand in marriage in  front of it!  To be with it, to experience it in person, is like being in the presence of another sentient being;  as if it feels you as much as you feel it.
This is scrawled on the lower right side of the photo:
and yet there on
the other shore
under the dark gaze
sun in your eyes
you were there
the other side
the other dawn
the other birth
yet there you were
in the vast
Jean Arp, Torn-up Woodcut, wood engraving on paper on board, 1920/54