Woodblocks by Maekawa Senpan, 1888-1960

Maekawa Senpan, Lumberyards from 100 Views of New Tokyo,1928–32
Maekawa Senpan, Gotanda Station from 100 Views of New Tokyo,1928–32
Maekawa Senpan, Coast
Maekawa Senpan, Mountain Road
Maekawa Senpan, Dancer, 1953
Maekawa Senpan, A Flower Seller, 1951                                               Maekawa Senpan,Woman of Ohara, 1940s
Maekawa Senpan, Titmouse and Girl, 1955
Maekawa Senpan, Titmouse and Bird Cage, 1960
Maekawa Senpan, Girl holding Red Fan, 1952                                                     Maekawa Senpan, Akita Dancer, 1955

Senpan Maekawa ( 1888 – 1960) was a Japanese woodblock printer associated with the
  sosaku hanga "creative prints" movement.
Maekawa was largely self-taught. Although he had spent a time in his youth watching others 
at work and studied books that had started to be published, Maekawa admitted that for him,
 learning the process of printmaking was one of trial and error. He said it took him "ten years 
to learn technique", but that later he "got acquainted with some artisans and found they 
could have taught me the same things in a few hours.

Alphabetarion # Stairs | Nick Hornby, 2005

Stephen Deutch, Staircase, France, 1947

“Even thought our problems had driven us up there, it was as if
they had somehow, like Daleks*, been unable to climb the stairs.”

 Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down, 2005

* The Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants
principally portrayed in the British science fiction television
programme Doctor Who.

Book//mark - The House in Paris | Elizabeth Bowen, 1935

Elizabeth Bowen, 1939                                                                 Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris, 1935    

"But to be quite oneself one must first waste a little time."

“You could see that her tremendous inside life, its solitary fears and fires, was out of 
accord with her humble view of herself; to hide or excuse what she felt was her first wish.”

“Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone”

“You know, even grown-up people cannot do what they want most"
"Then why grow up?”

“Grown-up people seem to be busy by clockwork: even when someone is not ill, 
when there has been no telegram, they run their unswerving course from object to
 object, directed by some mysterious inner needle that points all the time to what 
they must do next. You can only marvel at such misuse of time.”

“Their hands, swinging, touched lightly now and then;
 their nearness was as natural as the June day.”

“First love, with its frantic haughty imagination, swings its object clear of the everyday, 
over the rut of living, making him all looks, silences, gestures, attitudes, a burning 
phrase with no context. This isolation, young love and hero worship accomplish 
without remorse; they hardly know tenderness.”

“People in love, in whom every sense is open, cannot beat off the influence of a place.”

“...there must be something she wanted; and that therefore she was no lady.”

"He wanted to crack the world by saying some final and frightful thing."

“Karen, her elbows folded on the deck-rail, wanted to share with someone her 
pleasure in being alone: this is the paradox of any happy solitude.”

“She was in that flagging mood when to go on living seems only to load 
more unmeaning moments on to your memory.”

“Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms 
one's idea that one is unique.”

“Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.”

“Someone soon to start on a journey is always a little holy.”

"The station is sounding, resounding, full of steam caught on light and 
arches of dark air: a temple to the intention to go somewhere."

“People must hope so much when they tear streets up and fight at barricades. 
But, whoever wins, the streets are laid again and the trams start running again. 
One hopes too much of destroying things. If revolutions do not fail, they fail you.”

Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris, 1935

An early admirer of The House in Paris was Virginia Woolf, a good friend of Bowen's. 
In a letter about the book, Woolf wrote, 
"I had the feeling that your world imposed itself on my world, while I read, 
which only happens when one is taken in hand by a work."


Mobius Strip | Robert Desnos, 1900-1945

M. C. Escher, Relativity, 1953

     The track I'm running on
     Won't be the same when I turn back
     It's useless to follow it straight
     I'll return to another place
     I circle around but the sky changes
     Yesterday I was a child
     I'm a man now
     The world's a strange thing
     And the rose among the roses
     Doesn't resemble another rose.

 Robert Desnos,  Mobius Strip
 trans. Amy Levin

Flick Review < Grandma’s Encyclopedia | Walerian Borowczyk, 1963

Grandma’s Encyclopedia, 1963
 Dir. Walerian Borowczyk 
Music:  Avenir de Monfred
6 min, b&w

Like both Stan Vanderbeek and Larry Jordan, Borowczyk saw the potential of animating cut outs 
from Victorian encyclopedias and novels. Like Lenica’s The Labyrinth (completed the same year),
 Borowczyk takes the idea at the heart of Max Ernst’s graphic novel Une semaine de bonté 
(A Week of Kindness), and makes it move for both comic and surrealistic effect.


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