Meanwhile, Tan Lin . . .
Some out-of-context quotes for the travel weekend that were sent to me in a pair of emails this morning:
(His new book, Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking: Airport Novel is on my to-do list.)
Instead of a photograph, A, that merely repeats something, a souvenir or keepsake, I wanted this to resemble nothing but itself, and thus to capture the blankness and non-theatrical spaces of the world ‘out there.’ The least repetitive photographs are the photographs that make us forget the things that we love. That is why most landscapes are so boring to look at. A beautiful landscape is like a beautiful photograph is like a beautiful landscape is like a beautiful photograph. Such photographs erase people, relatives, household objects, other photographs, and landscapes at a steady velocity. That is why it is normally so difficult to fall in love with the same person twice.
In paintings, all emotions become the symbols of things that they are not.
Everything that is beautiful waits to be forgotten completely by what it is not.