“The first step — especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money — the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”—Chuck Palahniuk (via zarahlee)
“Art is not about therapy. You should need therapy to DEAL WITH your art. This is not a place where you come in and sit down and talk about how you feel. You can put emotion in your drawings but in order to do it successfully you need to already understand your emotions. If you’re confused, it will show.”—Zhi Lin
I love the way New Scientist magazine describes the effects of certain types of art as “brain-hacking.” It’s so interesting to read about art from a geek-science perrspective; more please! This article on why people tend to love Impressionist painting is but one example; the magazine has done other, equally fascinating pieces on the artist as “brain-hacker.” An excerpt:
“The Impressionist movement arguably produced some of our best-loved paintings. A study of more than 90,000 people in the UK, aged 13 to 90, found that they preferred Impressionist art over cubism, Renaissance or Japanese styles (British Journal of Psychology, vol 100, p 501). But what is it about this movement, led by Claude Monet, that we find so irresistible?
Harvard neuroscientist Patrick Cavanagh puts it down to the way these ambiguous images force the brain to create a more personal interpretation of the work. The blurry shapes and splashes of colour mean that people have to draw on their own memories to fill in the missing visual details, he says. So each painting is interpreted slightly differently by each individual, making the experience more visceral. “Our visual system reflexively fills in expressions and mood… going deeper into our mental state than any fully explicit painting could.”
These paintings may also be attractive because their blurred forms speak directly to the amygdala, a brain region involved in the processing of emotions. The amygdala acts like an early warning system, on the lookout for unfocused threats lurking in our peripheral vision, and it tends to react more strongly to things we haven’t yet picked up consciously. In 2003, a study by Patrik Vuilleumier, a neurologist at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, found that the amygdala responds more enthusiastically to fuzzy faces than to sharp versions of the same image. Cavanagh says this indicates that blurred images seem to have privileged access to the subconscious. Indeed the brain regions typically associated with conscious image-processing were noticeably subdued when subjects looked at the blurred images (Nature Neuroscience, vol 6, p 624).”
“Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested.”—Hunter S. Thompson (via whiskeyandwheels)(via ohohmydarlin)
“And we will be ready, at the end of every day will be ready, will not say no to anything, will try to stay awake while everyone is sleeping, will not sleep, will make the shoes with the elves, will breathe deeply all the time, breathe in all the air full of glass and nails and blood, will breathe it and drink it, so rich, so when it comes we will not be angry, will be content, tired enough to go, gratefully, will shake hands with everyone, bye, bye, and then pack a bag, some snacks, and go to the volcano.”—Dave Eggers - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
“World War 2 was only twenty years earlier. Those in charge of the police, the schools, the government — they were the same people who’d been in charge under Nazism. The chancellor, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, was a Nazi. People started discussing this only in the 60’s. We were the first generation since the war, and we were asking our parents questions. Due to the Nazi past, everything bad was compared to the Third Reich. If you heard about police brutality, that was said to be just like the SS. The moment you see your own country as the continuation of a fascist state, you give yourself permission to do almost anything against it. You see your action as the resistance that your parents did not put up.”—Stefan Aust, author of Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
“You know that point in your life when you realize that the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of the sudden even though you have some place to put your shit, that idea of home is gone.”—Zach Braff, Garden State. (via e-pic)
Put up a new picture, gonna start blogging on this occasionally. Hope that’s ok.
It rained a lot today. I walked in it. Texas let out one large complaint. It can be found via twitter. Just search “people who are surprised when weather happens in season, like it does every year of their existence.”