25 January 2015

untitled (bird tracks in the snow)
25 january 2015
rockford il
© aryn kresol

31 December 2014

Top 5 of 2014

Top 5 movies of 2014
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)
The Bad Seed (1956)
American Hustle (2013)

Top 5 books of 2014
Ian McEwan   Atonement
Keith Haring   Journals
Patti Smith   Just Kids
E.E. Cummings   100 Selected Poems
Tricycle Magazine (Quarterly)

Top 5 songs of 2014
Brian Eno   Baby's On Fire
Beach House   Myth
Arcade Fire   Wake Up
Future Islands   Tin Man
The Knife   NY Hotel

Top 5 albums of 2014
Yeah Yeah Yeahs   Mosquito
The Knife   The Knife
The Knife   Shaking the Habitual
Future Islands   In Evening Air
Keiko Matsuo and Her Ensamble   18th Century Traditional Music of Japan  

25 December 2014

Happy Christmas to all with love

Andy Warhol and his Christmas tree in the Factory, 1964, photographer unknown © AWF

13 June 2014

Keith Haring, Journals (November 12, 1978)

p22:  Drawing pictures in the snow is the most perfect example of my attempts to create a perfect form.  Inevitably the snow is in constant change: There is no way to control its permanency or its form.  Drawing in the snow is like trying to paint a picture that will record specific thoughts at a specific time.  You draw fast and you are always aware that you are creating something very temporary, very auto-destructive, very instant.  It goes quickly and there is not time to worry about it.  It is important for the experience, for the time it exists and the time it has occupied in a never-ending process of creation/construction and destruction.  A circle.  It is possible to reach the highest levels of instantaneous response recorded in spontaneous method and representative of purest through when you are working with the knowledge that the work you create is temporary, insignificant in a broader sense, significant in an immediate sense, a perfect representation of time passing, time existing.  Then you realize you are reacting instead of acting.  Responding instead of contriving.  Art instead of imitation.  Primal response.  Humanistic attempts at succeeding time.
This, I feel, is the advantage to creating art at this point in time: When we realize that we are temporary, we are facing our self-destruction, we are realizing our fate and we must confront it.  Art is the only sensible primal response to an outlook of possible destruction (obliteration).

03 March 2014

untitled (doc's diner)   
2 march 2014
rockford il
© aryn kresol

16 January 2014


untitled (for maggie)  
8 august 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

31 December 2013

Top 5 of 2013

Top 5 movies of 2013
Killing Them Softly (2012)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Tree of Life (2011)
The Great Gatsby 3D (2013)
Night of the Hunter (1955)

Top 5 books of 2013

Alan W. Watts   The Way of Zen
William Gass   On Being Blue
Roland Barthes   Camera Lucida
Plato   The Symposium  
S.E. Hinton   The Outsiders

Top 5 songs of 2013

The Head and the Heart   Rivers and Roads
Lou Reed   Walk on the Wild Side off Live: Take No Prisoners
Alva Noto   Garment 
Strings of Consciousness   Asphodel
Arcade Fire   Reflektor

Top 5 albums of 2013

The Head and the Heart   The Head and the Heart  
Olafur Arnalds   And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness
The Knife   Shaking the Habitual
Glass Boy   подключение
Efterklang   Piramida 

17 October 2013

Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation (1964)

None of us can ever retrieve that innocence before all theory when art knew no need to justify itself, when one did not ask of a work of art what it said because one knew (or thought one knew) what it did.  From now to the end of consciousness, we are stuck with the task of defending art.  We can only quarrel with one or another means of defending and justifying art which becomes particularly obtuse or onerous or insensitive to contemporary needs and practice.

01 October 2013

untitled (sunset in the hudson highlands) 
30 september 2013
cold spring ny

© aryn kresol

27 August 2013

untitled (metro-north, hudson line)  
27 august 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

25 August 2013

Joseph Campbell:  We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

20 August 2013

untitled (standing desk)   
19 august 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

26 July 2013

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

p8:  We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

18 July 2013

untitled (at culture cafe)  
17 july 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

14 July 2013

untitled (the bees)  
14 july 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

11 July 2013

untitled (fireflies with zach)
11 july 2013
hyde park ny
© aryn kresol

10 July 2013

untitled (morning tea)
10 july 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

08 July 2013

untitled (new apt)  
8 july 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

04 July 2013

untitled (1776)
4 july 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

12 June 2013

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

p116: I then realized that there was a sort of link (or knot) between Photography, madness, and something whose name I did not know.  I began by calling it: the pangs of love ...

10 June 2013

Andrew Juniper, Wabi Sabi: the Japanese art of impermanence

p160: The transition toward a simpler lifestyle, fraught as it is with difficulty, is a path only for those with a resolution to travel its length knowing that it is a path without end, yet a path with heart.

04 April 2013

Colin Wright, Defining Success

I love having options and not being burdened by things that might limit them. I love surrounding myself with my favorite things and people, and limiting contact with burdensome, non-value-adding possessions and relationships. And I love feeling like every moment spent — every calorie burned — is being traded for something worthwhile.

18 March 2013

Leo Babauta's 52 Changes for 2013

1.  Meditate                                                  27.  Value time over money
2.  Unprocrastinate                                       28.  Replace opinions with curiosity
3.  Walking                                                    29.  Read
4.  Flexible mind                                           30.  Cut out shopping
5.  Identify your essentials                             31.  Learn that you're good enough
6.  Mindful eating                                          32.  Create
7.  Most important things                               33.  Eat real food
8.  Clear a shelf                                             34.  Explore work you love
9.  Start saving                                              35.  Help others
10.  Yoga or strength training                         36.  Breathe
11.  Floss                                                       37.  Enjoy the habit (zen habits)
12.  Pay a small debt                                     38.  Solitude
13.  Mindful exercise                                     39.  Unclutter a room
14.  Budget simply                                         40.  Iterate the habit
15.  Create a super crew                                41.  Less busywork, more impact
16.  Eat some veggies                                     42.  Disconnect
17.  Gratitude                                                43.  Let go of a goal
18.  Clear counters                                         44.  Treat failure as a learning opportunity
19.  Slow down                                               45.  Reduce commitments
20.  Play                                                         46.  Turn problems into opportunities
21.  Flow                                                        47.  Savor
22.  Let go of a vice                                        48.  Clear your inbox
23.  Don't wish things were different                49.  Teach
24.  Clear a closet                                           50.  Compassion
25.  Let go of TV                                              51.  Reflect
26.  Get more sleep                                         52.  Realize you're not missing out

17 March 2013

Alighiero Boetti:  Do you know why dates are so important?  Because if you write '1970' on a wall, it seems like absolutely nothing but in thirty years time . . . dates have this beauty.  The more time passes, the more beautiful they seem.

16 March 2013

Notes from a packrat with minimalist desires: if only for the hippos' sake

I had a dream a short while ago, in which I was standing near the window of a tall building looking out into the street.  All of a sudden, there in the street, were baby hippopotamuses running into traffic followed by their much larger mama hippo.  I was so afraid that the hippos would be hit.  After a moment watching them, the mama hippopotamus collapsed on the side of the road, terrified, and human children gathered around throwing rocks at her.  I ran down from the tall building determined to save the creatures.  When I reached the ground, there was an older man that was "protecting" the mama hippo; at this time the babies had all been huddled on the other side of the street.  I demanded that we find a safe haven for the animals: "Otherwise, she'll die!"  But alas, in the middle of the street (by this time, I realized I was in Milwaukee) I had only my phone, without any super abilities, and so some girl who was standing by had this smart phone/tablet/ipad/something and was able to map and find a Milwaukee Hippopotamus Sanctuary.  I woke up thinking: maybe I really do need to update my phone plan, for the hippos sake.

11 March 2013

Lu Yu (733-804)

The clouds above us join and separate,
The breeze in the courtyard leaves and returns.
Life is like that, so why not relax?
Who can stop us from celebrating?

14 February 2013

untitled (come what may)
14 february 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

01 January 2013

Top 5 of 2012

Top 5 movies of 2012
Another Earth
Moonrise Kingdom

Top 5 books of 2012
Kazuo Ishiguro  Never Let Me Go
Alan W. Watts  This is It
Sarah Thornton  Seven Days in the Art World
Andy Warhol  The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
David Chadwick  Thank you and OK!: Diary of an American Zen Failure in Japan

Top 5 songs of 2012 
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova  Drown Out
Pedro the Lion  Second Best
LCD Soundsystem  Dance Yrself Clean
Bombay Bicycle Club  Dust on the Ground
Yann Tiersen / Al Bowly  Guilty

Top 5 albums of 2012
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova  The Swell Season
Bombay Bicycle Club  Flaws
David Bazan & Pedro the Lion  (any)
PJ Harvey  Let England Shake
Beirut  The Rip Tide 

19 December 2012

Notes from a packrat with minimalistic desires: Letting go of what's already lost

I lost some thing that was very useful to me, to which I had a pragmatic attachment.  I had also had the thing for close to ten years, so I felt somewhat sentimentally attached too.  I was in NYC for the day.  I lost it a) on a park bench, b) in a subway station, or c) at a coffee shop.  Once I realized the thing was missing from my person, I started retracing my steps, first physically, then mentally.  When I reached place (a), I sat down to ponder.  I could spend the next hour plus looking for the thing that may not be found (I strongly suspected wherever I had left it, it had been taken by now) or I could let it go.  Was there anything about this thing that I absolutely needed?  The answer was no.  So I let it go, and went home.

15 December 2012

Notes from a packrat with minimalist desires: Free to a good home?

It is my observation that many people are unable to progress toward what they desire because of how daunting the process is.  Lacking is time, energy, and mind (or motivation).  The process is abandoned before it ever begins.

When I moved from Milwaukee to Beacon, I took a huge step forward minimalistically.  I was able to put more time and energy into alleviating my apartment and my life of physical objects.  Where before the process had been a slow and mindful transformation, the goal of moving and taking only what properly fit in my 4-door Grand Am focused and quickened my efforts.  Still, a limiting factor was finding a place - a new, good home - for all of my unwanted things.  An overwhelming task, it seems, for an in progress minimalist is finding places/people to which to rid the excess.  

As a conscious individual, I am aware of waste; that awareness set me on this path to begin with.  There does exist great need by a great many people.  If most people have some instead of having most, then everyone's needs can be met.  But is every thing needed?  Much in the same way that I progressed to the realization that what I had was plenty more than enough, and what was more was no good to me, I progressed toward the realization that most of it was no good to anyone.  Certainly some of what I intended to deaccession could be needed by someone, but I came to see that an overwhelming majority was best to be eliminated and not pawned off on some other person.

Our sentimentality makes us human, but it also makes us clingy.  Even when we "let go" of our own attachment to an object, we hold onto the idea of that attachment, and apply it to others (side note: I am attempting to further avoid using "we" and language that reads as if my observations are truths).  To say it simply, what I came to realize is that a good home does not need to be found for an unneeded object.  One does not cancel out the other.

05 December 2012

Andrew Juniper, Wabi sabi: the Japanese art of impermanence

pix:  Zen believes words are the fundamental obstacle to clear understanding.  The monks seek to reach their goal of enlightenment not through learning but by the unlearning of all preconceived notions of life and reality.

30 November 2012

Alan Watts, The Way of Zen

p37:  ...the value of emptiness lies in the movements it permits or in the substance which it mediates and contains.  But the emptiness must come first.

19 October 2012

Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

p155: I believe in living in one room.  One empty room with just a bed, a tray, and a suitcase.  You can do everything either from your bed or in your bed - eat, sleep, think, get exercise, smoke - and you would have a bathroom and a telephone right next to the bed.  Everything is more glamorous when you do it in bed, anyway.  Even peeling potatoes.

Suitcase space is so efficient.  A suitcase full of everything you need:

One spoon
One fork
One plate
One cup

One shirt
One underwear
One sock
One shoe

One suitcase and one empty room.  Terrific.  Perfect.

01 October 2012

n o w h e r e | september

lunch (cincinnati airport)
4 september 2012
cincinnati oh
© aryn kresol

untitled (the envelope)
4 september 2012
cincinnati oh
© aryn kresol   

lunch (on the train)
5 september 2012
new york ny 
© aryn kresol 

untitled (shake & oreo)
7 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol 

untitled (back in 146 minutes)
8 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol 

untitled (afternoon knees)
8 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol 

untitled (p353)
10 september 2012
beacon ny 
© aryn kresol 

untitled (chops in bed)
11 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol 

untitled (gone)
13 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol 

lunch (the hop)
16 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

gps (directions to lga)
18 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol 

untitled (cafe gitane)
23 september 2012
new york ny
© aryn kresol 

untitled (the empty space)
26 september 2012
beacon ny
© aryn kresol