On Tuesday, my Inevitable Coffee Ring for the post (Finding the Nerve) was clear and simple. It was about the Great New York State Fair, types patrons you would see at the fair were talked about, facing fears and pursuing passions, thrill rides were mentioned, and the moment before the coaster’s speedy descent and travel through the rest of the course.
Today’s ICR’s Espresso Shot is a little different.
I’m obsessed with Rene Magritte. His paintings speak to me, they confuse and inspire and tease me. His explanations of each paintings make complete sense. And his Elective Affinities (1933) seemed to be appropriate for this post.
“One night I woke up in a room in which a cage with a bird sleeping in it had been placed. A magnificent error caused me to see an egg in the cage instead of the vanished bird. I then grasped a new and astonishing poetic secret, for the shock which I experienced had been provoked precisely by the affinity of two objects — the cage and the egg – to each other, whereas previously this shock had been caused by my bringing together two object that were unrelated.”
And so the white canvas of WordPress sat in front of me. What can I put together that are completely unrelated?
In Syracuse, we have a mansion on James Street that houses The George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation. Its a wonderful, beautiful mansion and a significant part of history, which includes the Underground Railroad. A friend of mine acquired the foundation’s first Executive Director position, and she asked me to sign on as a grant writer (one of my new projects). Along with two other locally-focused and centered writers, we’re going to keep this foundation afloat and this building standing. There is no use in knocking down a piece of history, which we States folk are so often quick to do. With this piece of history, many events can take place within these walls.
While writing there a couple weeks ago, I took a picture that I wanted to use for a post:
This was taken in the library of the mansion.
Seriously? How beautiful is this one room. I love the symmetry and parallels, the “two” concepts.
With many of my posts, I like to string ideas and themes and concepts together; this is especially true with the Thursday Espresso Shot posts. With the concept of facing your fears and pursuing your passions and thrill rides, the picture of the Ferris wheel that was taken on Sunday was the second picture considered:
So, what if you put both the pictures together?
The Magritte pictures that I’ve placed into today’s post, which is linked at the end include (in random order):
- Elective Affinities
- The Son of Man
- The Treachery of Images
- The Telescope
- Not to be Reproduced
- Time Transfixed
- The Listening Room
- The Empire of Lights
- The Healer
So, you’re going to have to do a little research and a little art gazing.
When you are reading:
- Keep in part the similarities of the movements of the men, how they are similar. That’s done on purpose.
- The men are mirrored, and could one be a reflection or projection of another? Is one an older version of the other? The attitudes: calm versus nervous. The perceived ages.
- The proper etiquette of men not wearing a hat inside.
- The butler wearing the bowler. Is he really inside?
- The word cyclical with the picture of the Ferris wheel.
- Time and location is an obvious one.
- Again, a den setting versus Ferris wheel car. An egg sitting in a cage.
Grab a beverage. Enjoy. Read. Re-read. Think.
Here’s the link:
art fiction inspiration storytelling Syracuse New TImes The Inevitable Coffee Ring writing art bowlers Elective Affinities Ferris wheel fiction insight inspiration Rene Magritte surrealism Syracuse New Times The Barnes Foundation The Great New York State Fair The Inevitable Coffee Ring The Son of Man writing writing process
I play with words and invisible objects.
A mind, a pen and a piece paper have the best relationship ever.
"Remember this--if you shut your mouth, you have your choice."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald