“What art offers is space—a certain breathing room for the spirit.”—John Updike

the birthdayMarc Chagall

A very smart friend holds a little salon every morning via a mass email featuring a thoughtful quote.  This salon reaches around the planet and includes many brilliant people working in contrasting disciplines  (the Aussies are the smartest and talk the most).

The above Updike quote was today’s message and today is the first time I have taken part in the conversation.  Today only was the ball in my court.

Lobbing back,  I added “a place without conflict where one can compare the relationship they are seeing to all one has known in the past”.  Whether reading, or looking at a visual composition, the knowledge is in the space between what you see and what you know.  The more surprising or innovative the “observed” composition is against the “experienced” composition, the better and more challenging…

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