Saturday, October 30, 2004

vermeer in bosnia


vermeer in bosnia
Originally uploaded by gregg chadwick.
while at the metropolitan museum in new york recently i sought out the vermeers and found myself viewing them through the scrim of lawrence weschler's recent collection of essays, "vermeer in bosnia." i hope all of us can take some time before tuesday's election to stop and find stillness and clarity. as weschler so aptly recounts, vermeer had to invent the still and timeless world in his paintings. the europe that vermeer spent his youth in was as scarred as bosnia during the balkan wars or as iraq is today. keeping this in mind we must create our own stillpoint from which to approach the speed of contemporary existence. i suggest a quiet visit and a moment of humility before a timeless work of art. vermeer creates that space for me. take care - gregg

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