I’m really happy to see James sharing his wonderful work on Pixels again.
The Ruins of Nostalgia 42 by Donna Stonecipher
We were nostalgic for the time when the pointillist paintings had looked like autumnal birch trees, rather than for the time when the autumnal birch trees had looked like pointillist paintings. We were nostalgic for the certainty that the bird we heard singing sweetly in the suburban forest was a recording, rather than being certain that what we thought was a recording was actually a bird. We were nostalgic for the care that had gone into the realism of the polyester lilies we had placed our foolish noses in, spoiling for perfume. We were nostalgic for foolishness, because it meant wisdom might matter. We were nostalgic for fakery, because it meant realness might matter. We were nostalgic for trompe l’oeil, for fool’s gold, for crocodile tears, for Mercator globes, for mimeographs, for velveteen, for signifiers unmoored from signifieds. We were nostalgic for the hand-painted cracks in the artificial marble in the ruins of nostalgia.
Here is some lovely music for starting your day.
K. Leimer - Music For Land And Water (full album)
(Bonus question: Do you think K. Leimer ever listened to Brian Eno?)
Marianne Faithfull ~ As Tears Go By (1987)
Very happy to see Rino Rossi, an old-time Pixels artist, submitting works again. The Lightbox function is still not working in the “The Present” section—they are working on it. So I thought I would make a gallery of his recent submissions.