The 06/18/13 Joy Jar

18 Jun


Moi doesn’t even know if it legal, not that the people who put posters or show bills on telephone poles really care. Some are colorful. Others just give facts, just the facts. These posters or show bills chronicle the life of a city from lost pets, to yard sales, to band dates, to political statements, to campaign ads and more. These bits of information, whether wanted or not are just signs of life. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the urban street posters.

I remind myself that not everything is a sign, that some things simply are what they appear to be and should not be analyzed, deconstructed, or forced to bear the burden of metaphor, symbol, omen, or portent.”
Diane Schoemperlen,
Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship

The sign said don’t do it, so naturally I did it. Signs are always saying stuff in a silent way.
 Writing is a way to say something in a silent way. 
Jarod Kintz,
Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

Signs imply ways of living, possibilities of existence, they are the symptoms of an overflowing (jaillissante) or exhausted (épuisée) life. But an artist cannot be content with an exhausted life, nor with a personal life. One does not write with one’s ego, one’s memory, and one’s illnesses. In the act of writing there’s an attempt to make life something more personal, to liberate life from what imprisons it…There is a profound link between signs, the event, life, and vitalism. It is the power of nonorganic life, that which can be found in a line of a drawing, a line of writing, a line of music. It is organisms that die, not life. There is no work of art that does not indicate an opening for life, a path between the cracks. Everything I have written has been vitalistic, at least I hope so, and constitutes a theory of signs and the event.”
Gilles Deleuze

Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”
Raymond Salvatore Harmon,
BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism

Words are but the signs of ideas.
Samuel Johnson

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