No music today (been listening to my classic rock playlist), but I've been making my way through a few really interesting books lately:
- The Pictographs of Adolph Gottlieb: Basically a book concerning a series of works produced by an American painter in the 40's and early 50's that, to me, encompass a lot of visual themes and techniques that I've found myself gravitating toward in my work on this comic. His use of symbol framed by distinctly compartmentalized structures that closely resemble comic book panels, and the way they convey mythic narrative (not necessarily of a linear or chronological nature) REALLY interests me. Comics as a medium is pretty uniquely poised to tackle liminality in intense and exciting ways. Idk, this shit resonates with me.
- Primitivism in Modern Art: Everyone likes to bash this stuff, either for being "racist" or for being impenetrably intellectual, but I've never found either of these things to really be the case - hell, I've loved the likes of Klee since I was in elementary school - they're functional dismissals for glib naysayers, but the history and analysis of this movement has always been thorough, as this book, originally written in the 1930's, shows. In fact, primitivist inclinations in the early modern period was quite a force to be reckoned with, and if you're going to blame these artists for paving the way to the meaningless, post-modern morass of fine arts we have now, you've got it all wrong.
- The Sacred and the Profane: As a practicing polytheist, I like to do some reading on theology sometimes, and this is a pretty foundational religious text comparing the way the religious mind functions to the way a secular "profane" mind does. Plenty of caveats for sure, and I've read some FASCINATING counter-arguments for his blanket statements by some fellow cultural polytheists; whether you agree with Eliade or not in his survey, the discussion its sparked over the decades since its publication is anything but dull.
And as promised, today's page tomorrow!