Train the body and develop stamina and endurance. But the spirit of competition and power that presides over them is not good, it reflects a distorted vision of life. The root of the martial arts is not there.
— Taisen Deshimaru, quoted in Armed Martial Arts of Japan: Swordsmanship and Archery, G. Cameron Hurst
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
It is also true that memory sometimes comes to him as a voice. It is a voice that speaks inside him, and it is not necessarily his own. It speaks to him in the way a voice might tell stories to a child, and yet at times this voice makes fun of him, or calls him to attention, or curses him in no uncertain terms. At times it willfully distorts the story it is telling him, changing the facts to suit its whims, catering to the interests of drama rather than truth. Then he must speak to it in his own voice and tell it to stop, thus returning it to the silence it came from. At other times it sings to him. At still other times it whispers. And then there are the times it merely hums, or babbles, or cries out in pain. And even when it says nothing, he knows it is still there, and in the silence of this voice that says nothing, he waits for it to speak.
― Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude
Shadow art is the art of casting light on prepared items to create a new image. A pile of garbage or a few disorderly tendrils of wire can produce a stunningly recognizable image at the flick of a switch. If you have ever made shadow animals on a movie screen, you know that some of the objects features are lost in the production of the shadow, while others fuse together and perspective is distorted. Have a look at this fantastic gallery from hongkiat.com and be ready to wonder how some of these shadow pictures are made. Terrific!
Anamorphic art makes a distorted projection of an image that can be viewed as a coherent image only from a particular vantage point. Artist Felice Varini is famous for his anamorphic art installations, which create real world effects that look much like digital ones. Seen from the proper angle, the world seems overlaid with geometric patterns. Seen from another, the illusion is revealed: fragments of the image are painted directly on walls and other surfaces in the space. Varini has painted outdoors and indoors, in beautiful historic churches and modern office buildings, creating magic that fools and amuses the eye.
Born in 1952 in Locarno, Switzerland, Varini lives in Paris. Scroll down for some more of his amazing installations.