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Art, literature, the examined life, artists, writers, novelists, philosophy, Socrates, Rodin, time travel, sculpture, what is art, The Trilogy of Remembrance, The Osgoode Trilogy, Alexander Wainwright Art, Literature and the Examined Life

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Alexander Wainwright is a landscape artist and star of The Trilogy of Remembrance. But he is not stuck in the novels—The Drawing Lesson, The Fate of Pryde and Night Crossing. In fact, he pops down the rabbit hole and time travels in CyberSpace. You’ll find his stories posted in this blog. Here’s two of his CyberSpace adventures.  I Woke Inside Dr. Jung’s Dream  and I Met Beethoven in Venice

Would you like to read intriguing stories which make you think about the many mysteries of life, love and art? Here’s one entitled An Act of Kindness which introduces Harry Jenkins, star of The Osgoode Trilogy.

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Do you spend hours in galleries gazing at paintings? Or do you prefer something more “edgy” such as a work of conceptual art? Then sign up for this blog. If you love to think and talk about art and the way it affects your life, then this is the blog to read.

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A Few of My Favourite Artists

Or perhaps you prefer this video as a form of performance art. The artist Marina Abramovic performed it at MoMa. Strangers, in turn, sat across from her for five minutes. In that time, a highly emotional connection was frequently made. But note, the man in this video was a former colleague and lover whom she was not expecting.

But do you think Abramovic’s work is art?  Personally, I like the fact that this performance is interactive. The viewer becomes an intimate part of the piece. It makes us ask a fundamental questions which fascinate me–what is art? Why does some art last forever and others are only a passing fad? 

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Marcel Duchamp

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Bicycle Wheel

This question was raised by the artist Marcel Duchamp at the beginning of the twentieth century. One example is his found art  or ready-mades, The Bicycle Wheel. What is the justification for calling this a work art? If you change the context of an object, have you contributed to it and and made it art? What do you think? 

 

Please have a look at some of the articles in my library about art and how it affects us and our lives. The Art of Decay , Radiant and Sublime Art  and  The American Dream

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The Execution of Socrates

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The Thinker by Rodin

SOCRATES famously said that an unexamined life was not worth living. What do you think? He also famously said–I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Your thoughts?

In 399 BCE, Socrates was sentenced to death [by drinking hemlock] because he had been spreading philosophic concepts out of step with the times. Who, today, is prepared to die for one’s philosophy? 

AUGUST RODIN suffered greatly from severe arthritis which can be seen from his sculpting of hands. He, who found solace in his work, said--The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. How many of us today are able to lose ourselves in our art when suffering such great physical pain? For him, clearly the life of the artist can be torturous.

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Please take time to look around the site and learn about both The Osgoode Trilogy and The Trilogy of Remembrance. You can purchase the novels from the carousel below. Please leave a comment below about anything you’d like to read or about any topic for discussion.

If you’d like to take a look at the novels in The Osgoode Trilogy [Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One] amd in The Trilogy of Remembrance [The Drawing Lesson, The Fate of Pryde and Night Crossing] please check out the carousel below.

Mary E. Martin is the author of two trilogies: The Osgoode Trilogy, inspired by her many years of law practice; and The Trilogy of Remembrance, set in the glitter and shadows of the art world. Both Trilogies will elevate the reader from the rush and hectic world of today and spin them into realms of yet unimagined intrigue. Be inspired by the newly released and final installment of The Trilogy of Remembrance, Night Crossing

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  1. Art makes us ponder, perhaps by connecting us to the unconscious. It entertains ,too and its power to delight is a wonderful way to provoke thought, to move away form the mundane everyday world to the world of imagination where anything is possible. Alexander’s travels in cyberspace show us how allowing reality to be suspended we can explore almost without limit just like Jules Verne, Arthur Clarke and others have done to show what may be possible in the not too distant future or what might have happened in the distant past. Keep imagining: it’s what Steve Jobs meant when he said: “Here’s to the crazy ones” at the famous Stanford University commencement address in 2005: watch it on YouTube.

    • Great observations David! By allowing the unconscious to “flow” [at least to some extent through the arts] freedom is gained and that is something to be valued at present in this world. Thanks for dropping by!

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