“Of Consequence”; art:21 blogger Marissa Perel with a review of Santiago Sierra’s “Veterans” show at Team Gallery, developing a notion of refusal that deserves more space for elaboration. The show looks harrowing; like relational work that I can get behind.
“To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Music soothes, the visual arts exhilarates, the performing arts (such as acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning in into slumber. The other arts make no such retreat— some because they use visible and hence vital formulas, others because they live from human life itself.
This isn’t the case with literature. Literature stimulates life. A novel is a story of what never was, a play is a novel without narration. A poem is the expression of ideas or feelings a language no one uses, because no one talks in verse.”