teared up : homage to vincent hiscock (and bruce nauman)

You are also already entered “here.”

The words scream at the viewer.

Possessed of a past present before you, the voice that confronts is not mystical.

You are in another time.

a form, in-forming.

this form may only be the silence of your viewing.

time that insists condensed within the ever-present now.

Have you said it loud, screaming in a short clip, halting softly, pleading, offhandedly demanding, or patient as if gathering the anarchic distraction of a child for a lesson?

we must look; maybe we must listen.

wake up to it. This is not abstract.

mind and body are not divided, thought and experience are carried together.

words play tag

change your mind, perhaps, or your heart

it comes with delay

And it could happen any time, walking down a hall for a bathroom break, beat-out ecstatic pacing late, in the shower in the morning, or in a sentence that turns upon itself while talking with a friend.

speak, listen, understand, do not understand, respond,

Bloody Sunday, Bloody Friday, Bloody Monday

a Vietnam-vet hijacks a US passenger plane; the US continues to bomb Hanoi and Haiphong, mines the Haiphong Harbor, commences the Christmas bombings, and bombs Cambodia into August before the war finally winds down;

The rhythms are still going on.

phases, phrases

We wish to draw a thought, a response, but we also withdraw

Partly we do not know what we want.

We incline and we withdraw at once.

as-yet unthought

Thought withdraws, drawing us along

Presence is always a possibility

Is peace possible before peace?

pay attention to the space of encounter

where thought and sound and silence yield.

it is an activity within life.

Please Pay Attention Please.



Please/Pay/Attention/Please, 1973 Collage and Latraset, 27½ x 27½ in.

I had an idea, that I could make art that would kind of disappear, an art that would not quite look like art. In that     case, you wouldn’t really notice it until you paid attention. Then, when you read it, you would have to think.

Bruce Nauman[1]

[1]   Bruce Nauman in Cincent Labanne’s “Are You Roman or Italic” in Bruce Nauman, p. 44.


cut up text extracted from essay, Now-man, written by Vincent Hiscock, 10/22/12 .

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