Writing and Sculpture

Sculpture used to be about carving stone to draw spirit into stone, from which it could radiate. Then sculpture became the art of carving stone to release the spirit inside the stone, so people could be drawn to it like moths to a flame. Now it’s often about stacking up junk to release the spirit that has congregated around human responses to obsolete manufactured stuff. Carving is still going on, but it’s the carving of ghosts. This is an example of how the dominance of book culture has infected visual culture.

clockHoward Brown, Dog With Moon and Milky Way

Writers, if I’m right, this is what our books look like. That we see words and stories is another indication of the dominance of text. That we use mobile phones to send text messages is another. This too shall pass.

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