Monday, January 17, 2011

The Demiurgic: Composing Rhetorica

This oil painting features orbs and satellite design(s) in cloud formations and deep, blue black space(s); again, assisting Deus in principio et criatura ex nihilo.  

Nota Bene: the above painting has been awarded and recognized as the new cover art design for the new Introductory Composition Student Guide: "Composing Yourself: A Guide to Introductory Composition at Purdue"; moreover, a $200 prize is sponsored by Fountainhead Press. At the time of the contest, the new title of the oil painting is:

The Demiurgic: Composing Rhetorica

Oil on Canvas: Immortal Verde, Secular Sun

This oil painting uses primary yellow and shades of green to usher in the immortal, golden ratio; this is Pi: faith in chaos.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Oil Painting: the fruit of Genesis

This oil painting on canvas imbues the Genesis account:

in principio deus alongside the fruit of possibility

and was painted at home; it is part of a series of 5 which are inspired by the mimetic Hand of God and the agitation of the human condition to explore, to expect, to transgress. I hope you enjoy the image.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grand Central Perc: a "new" cafe s/p(l)ace

I forgot how I came to find out that a new cafe had opened on Central Avenue, but here I am. The space is large enough boasting decent front window parking, plenty of seating, wireless, free art gazing on the walls, and of course a good caffeinated liquid high.

Impressively, there is no uber coffee scent and my machiatto (double shot of course) is strong and consistent on my tongue and palate. The official location is 2444 (easy enough) Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

The street out front is a busy one, but GCP (if I may) allows for an escape from, to borrow from Hardy, the maddening crowd.

As I sign off and prepare to teach I am left toe tapping my Calvin Klein, cognac-colored driver slip-on to the cadence of Chapman and her "you got a fast car," and I am left to wonder: do I? Well, gotta go be someone, be someone.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFGF): an application toward an application...

The HFGF (if I may)--
is of some considerable interest to me as both an educator and a peace-lover; the foundation recognizes critical work from both the natural and social sciences and humanities which, and I quote:

promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance

I will be applying for their dissertation fellowship award of $15,000 (US) in order to complete my doctoral thesis from Purdue University. I am comfortable, and my body is not at rest, as I am armed with the following works (in no particular order, but in a particular theme/pattern):

--Reinhold Niebuhr's Moral Man and Immoral Society (New York: Scribener's Sons, 1960).
--Hent de Vries' Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).
--Rene Girard's Des Choses caches depuis la fondation du monde (Paris: Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 1978).
--Rene Girard's La Violence et le sacre (Paris: Editions Bernard Grasset, 1972).
--Valentin Groebner's Defaced: The Visual Culture of Violence in the Middle Ages (New York: Zone Books, 2004).
--Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno's Gesammelte Schriften: Dialektik der Aufklarung und Schriften 1940-1950 (S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, 1987).

Collectively, these texts should provide me with a scaffold toward a genesis of violence and a theory toward its dissolution and containment but not its resolution; again, violence is ever-always with us and will not be erased any more than adipose cells can be eradicated. As the (medical) scientist is aware these cells, like memes of violence, can ONLY be decreased to a given capacity.

My location is a nice holding cell right across the new Dali Museum where I am also a research fellow; The Campus Grind is a fantastic site--though not quite the Widener--it remains a quaint and quiet enough interstitial s/p(l)ace. And now, let us get to it...