John Berger /and our faces, my heart, brief as photos (English Version #159)

Nevertheless, by turning in circles the displaced preserve their identity and improvise a shelter. Built of what? Of habits, I think, of the raw material of repetition, turned into a shelter. The habits imply words, jokes, opinions, gestures, actions, even the way one wears a hat. Physical objects and places – a piece of furniture, a bed, the corner of a room, a particular bar, a street corner – supply the scene, the site of the habit, yet it is not they but the habit which protects. The mortar which holds the improvised “home” together – even for a child – is memory. Within it, visible, tangible mementoes are arranged – photos, trophies, souvenirs – but the roof and four walls which safeguard the lives within, these are invisible, intangible, and biographical.

To the underprivileged, home is represented, not by a house, but by a practice or set of practices. Everyone has his own. These practices, chosen and not imposed, offer in their repetition, transient as they may be in themselves, more permanence, more shelter than any lodging. Home is no longer a dwelling but the untold story of a life being lived. At its most brutal, home is no more than one’s name – whilst to most people one is nameless.  

~ John Berger, September 1, 2010




Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee / PLANET°

Citizen Architect | PLANET°.

distant thunder–

a space in the shelf

of horror movies

Fay Aoyagi
In Borrowed Shoes Blue Willow Press
San Francisco, 2006

Update: Artist Ethan Boisvert’s Pop up Bus Shelter Is Done

Ethan Boisvert's Pop up Bus Shelter

Ethan Boisvert

The West Hartford Art League of Connecticut commissioned the artist Ethan Boisvert to paint a bus shelter for this year’s ArtWalk exhibit. And what a perfect fit it is, especially for this area in particular as it is situated near the main thoroughfare in West Hartford, CT, Greater Hartford’s crown in the jewel [sic].

Generally speaking, Boisvert’s large-scale abstract work is all about movement through his use of color fields which he places according to how they will “sound” with one another. According to an artist statement his use of color, line quality and pattern have many influences ranging from the Fauves of Europe in the early 1900s,  ”through the 1950’s New York school with the large canvases and loose brush strokes to the arenas of the Pop movement that embrace pattern.”

Ethan Boisvert’s art and this transmogrified bus shelter stand at the intersection of art, commerce, and the natural world. Where else may one wait for a late bus still wrapped in a smile? yours truly, df

The Neat / In Youth Is Pleasure

Frida Kahlo Retrospective / Bank Austria Kunstforum

Kahlo Retrospective