treatise on the veil

I caught this Cy Twombly exhibition in New York just at the end of its run. The museum happened to be open on Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

I’ve been getting interested in Cy Twombly on Pinterest because of his sketchiness and inclusion of handwriting in his work.

This monumental Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) is rarely exhibited because of its size.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

I couldn’t take pictures in the gallery but I grabbed this one from the website.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

I sketched out some couplets to capture my first reactions to the Treatise.

An imperfectly cleaned chalkboard
that opens to soft drips and imperfect coatings

At “eye-level” imperfectly applied lines of chalk
two evanescent traces of blue and blue

Scribbling – why? why is the artist’s
handwriting so atrocious?

Conscious enough to notice a mistake
in the interpretive panels –

I think they wrote 4
whereas he was writing 8

why one person’s traces preserved
the others a vast garbage heap?

I liked the patched together nature of the studies, loaded down with tape and scribbling, as well as stamped with dates and numerals. Trying to organize the nature of art.

narrative collage

Final project for Jane’s Text and Image class. Sensation of only beginning to be familiar with mixing text and image.

I enjoyed working with these goofy and serious pictures from old magazine advertising.

The narrative is not only in the words. There are layers of narrative.
The facial expressions
The colors
The types of people: gender, age, race
Where they are looking
Gestures and activities
The red lines


Words of wisdom from Jane Davies:

In the text-image realm, the concept can be as important (or more so in some cases) as the visual. AND, for the purposes of learning, for this class anyway, I think it’s more important to tackle the assignment, do the problem-solving, than to make something beautiful. You will continue [to] develop your own vocabulary of beauty.

attention alphabets

I enjoy making digital crops of scans of painted/collaged papers. They are almost always more intriguing than the full pieces I have worked over. There’s a captivating randomness for how those small elements ended up next to each other, which is always a surprise. Sometimes I crop different areas of the same piece, but find there is always one that seems most pleasing. This is a kind of attention.

g's rising

g’s rising

a pile of O's

a pile of o’s

cloud of s's

cloud of s’s

crop of PRIVACY

a piece of PRIVACY

VAC is recurring. Vacation. Vache. Voice. Vacuuming. From Wikipedia:

Vāk or Vāc (stem vāc-, nominative vāk) is the Sanskrit word for “speech”, from a verbal root vac- “speak, tell, utter”.

Personified, Vāk is a goddess; in the Veda she is also represented as created by Prajapati and married to him; in other places she is called the “mother of the Vedas” and wife of Indra. In Hinduism, she is identified with Bharati or Sarasvati.

More on Vac

reverse sgraffito

Print from sgraffito, made with the tool you use to open a paint can

Digital editing allows me to flip it so it’s readable (sort of)

hidden poignancy

hidden poignancy

my house will have a roof

Eluard as quoted by Bachelard:

Quand les cimes de notre ciel se rejoindront
Ma maison aura un toit.

(When the peaks of our sky come together
My house will have a roof.)

__Paul Eluard, Dignes de vivre, Julliard, Paris


Four photos from the neighborhood, blended into each other.

brutal whimsy


Not totally happy about the font, but I needed one where the letters didn’t fight with each other too much across the lines. It would have been nice if the verticals on the letters lined up, but they don’t in this phrase. A non-proportional font was one option, but I ended up with this. The blocky serifs seemed to help integrate them. Then I learned how to use the Layer Style to adjust the bevel(?) direction. Although there is no bevel. The bevel setting is pushed to the maximum.

The y is a separate type layer because I didn’t want the hanging descender. So the y is resized to fit the line. Also adjusted the bevel direction on the y to help it fit the flow. It’s got a little too much light coming from the right side, but that seemed the best of possible options.

As far as Hue, I could have made this a green background with red lights on it, but it looked inescapably like a crime scene. Too much for me. Orange on blue seemed more peaceful.