05 July 2011

Figure-Ground Relationship, II (Cryptologist)

"In his own particular way, Twombly tells us that the essence of writing is neither form nor usage but simply gesture -- the gesture that produces it by allowing it to happen: a garble, almost a smudge, a negligence. ...The essence of an object has something to do with the way it turns into trash. It is not necessarily what remains after the object has been used, it’s rather what is thrown away in use. And so it is with Twombly’s writings. They are the fragments of an indolence, and this makes them extremely elegant; it’s as though the only thing left after the strongly erotic act of writing were the languid fatigue of love: a garment cast aside into a corner of the page."
- Roland Barthes

R.I.P. Cy Twombly

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