Friday, November 23, 2007

More Ideas

The painting is "Fulton Street Fish Market" (1924) by Alfred Mitchell.

The Fulton Street Fish Market was founded in 1822 and was moved to Hunt's Point, the Bronx in 2005.

"As organisms of diminished vision, human beings in the night rely on kinesthesia, touch, and imagination in order to proceed. An absence of clarity and distinctness of phenomena, an inability to organize the visual field, and a problematic relation to depth perception are managed by means of heightened senses of tactility and hearing. In the night we rely on connotation, we gather information in time, we tolerate ambiguity, and we procede by means of subjective judgment. The nocturne in all its artistic forms is an alternative to the sunlit world of perspectival realism. In the visual arts, nocturnal works pose possibilites for synaesthesia and synasthetic allusion; they bring forward the potentials for seeing beyond single point perspective's present-centered conditions."

-Susan Stewart, "Out of Darkness: Nocturnes," from Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (The University of Chicago Press, 2002), p. 257.

John Atkinson Grimshaw and Whistler were masters of the nocturne.

The painting is "The Lagoon, Venice: Nocturne in Blue and Silver" (1880) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

"Liverpool Quay by Moonight," James Atkinson Grimshaw (1887).

Which sometimes (see Stewart, supra) led to unusual results.

The painting is "Spirit of the Night" by James Atkinson Grimshaw (1879).

How like a hummingbird.

To work.


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