In this blog we will share with you our vision of beauty, balance, harmony.

As Mark Leach writes in his book Raw Colour with Pastels: “Sound is all around us, and it is musicians who refine that sound into something of beauty. As a painter, I have always felt that my purpose is to craft colour in a similar way, to see through the confusion and seek harmony and beauty.”

And we add: Words, fragments of sentences, spoken noise is all around us, and Ken arranges words in such a way as to capture beauty in the accidental, the ambient soundtrack of life.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Venetian State of Mind

Lagune - Lagoon 50 x 60 cm by Karin Goeppert


Maybe I should mention American
universities and banks, how they fake
Venice: gothic windows, phallic bell
towers, all those genre pieces
of plaster and brick, a gondolier in the Dean’s

office, in the lobby, whistling a Corelli concerto—
and there’s this stretch of marble and stained glass
in Hamburg that’s not a bad knock off at all.
Which brings to mind John Ruskin who thought
that Venice was a simulacrum of itself. Also a fake.

Nobody cares anyway. Could be Disney Land
or Vegas, just another place to go.
Attractive to honeymooners, to depressed aesthetes.

Somewhere in history
a fat man’s being led out for the last time, his last time,
hands bound, and the fat lady
is about to sing, and that the Bridge
of Sighs has the last laugh is an

irony much admired in these parts.
Want you scampi or Bellini? Says the Harlequin.
He means the composer, of course. Even an execution
is an overture of sorts, a flourish, the beginning of something. 

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