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Another Day in Marfa

A reinvention project by David Hirschi

Phenomena

Moments before the sun rises, very near my open kitchen window, an owl softly hoots in the still morning air. Though I have heard him screech and kill in the night, yet his early morning call soothes me. As we rotate into our star's light, color enters our world....

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Humility

Difficult it is, mostly impossible, to catch even the most fleeting glimpse of the world as it was for our animist ancestors. Tainted by technology, our contemporary worldview leaves little or no room for mystery or magic.

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Stone and Breath

When asked to create a set of paintings for the opening of inde/jacobs' new gallery, I did not know it was the next step down a path that had been revealing itself slowly through a series of seemingly unrelated events. A path toward defining a new ethos for the work I...

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How I began to paint monochromes

Shortly after moving to New Mexico in 1991 I took a trip to Canyonlands in southern Utah. Hiking across the flatrock I was struck by the pattern and colors from the minerals in sandstone and limestone. I took photos which I hoped would reflect my immersion and...

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Grass

Does place have an effect on my work? If so, how do I recognize it? Or does it take someone else to point it out to me?

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Place

Musings on the idea of place, both actual and mythical. My history includes living in three places, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Marfa, which have prevalent, public mythologies in many ways at odds with the real. In the difference between the real place and the form a particular place takes root in our imagination we create our own private mythology.

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Life with Zack

Life with my dog Zack has taught me much. An adopted dog, my commitment to Zack, abandoned as a pup, is to give him his forever home. This is a challenge and I daily learn more about the meaning of compassion and generosity, and my personal shortcomings in both areas. Dog as teacher.

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Isolation

Looking back on this post after more than a year I would probably make some edits as my situation has changed, but it’s important I think to leave it as is. It is a true reflection of a place and time which has now slipped into personal history.

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Hearing Color

Over coffee with my friend Martha she mentioned a headline she had seen for an article The man who hears colour on the BBC website. The article is about artist Neil Harbisson[1. wix.com/eyeborg/neil-harbisson], a color-blind artist, for whom Adam Montandon[2....

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Progressions Part Three

This is the third part of a series of posts on the three mediating proportions - arithmetic, geometric and harmonic - and my playing with the idea of mapping the latter of these to my next body of work, working title Fourths and Fifths. The first post in this series...

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Progressions Part Two

This is the second part of my musings on connections between music and color which started here. I left off with the arithmetic progression. Now for the second of the three: Geometric. Again, this is a three-term proportion where a > b > c. In the language of ratios,...

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Progressions

My attempts to determine whether or not a rational basis exists for my intuition of a relationship between color and music led me back to Robert Lawlor's Sacred Geometry, a book I first read about a decade ago, specifically chapter VIII, "Mediation: Geometry Becomes...

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Marfa eccentrics

OK, so this topic could fill a book, a tome. There's this guy in town who puts his small dog in his white van every morning and evening and drives around town, the dog with his head out the window, ears flapping, and rhythmically yelping, sharp and piercing. Yelp,...

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