Stan Brakhage Quotes.
Poetry is a totally different art than film.
The Hollywood movies are more like novels, and the kinds of films I make are more like poems.
The capacity to be intrinsic and vulgar is American.
Novelists and poets have existed side by side forever.
It is just seeing-it is a very simple word-and to be a visionary is to be a seer. The problem is that most people can’t see.
A film fable so structured that all alchemical searchings are clearly filmwise (gold being discovered cinematically in each sequence ot mixed black-and-white and color) so that when the drama-discovery is actually made, it acts as a deliberate anti-climax of aesthetic perfection.
Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects, and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of colour. Imagine a world before the ‘beginning was the word.’
Art is a sense of magic.
What a moth might see from birth to death if black were white and white were black.
I love being objected to. It worries me, but I love being objected to.
No one is out to get you. It’s just that… people are monkeys.
Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects, and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of colour. Imagine a world before the ‘beginning was the word.
Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.
The video maker doesn’t easily face a blank page. Because the videomaker can run it either any way, this way or the other way and erase it if they don’t like it and so on.
Artists are mostly shits of the worst order. You wouldn’t want one living next door to you. Think about it: Vincent Van Gogh living next door, coming over to borrow your ear and a cup of sugar every morning-Good God!
If only, then, I had been more living out of the present–such a beautiful word…present. The sense of it being, now to me, more beautiful than ‘to look forward.
We have the notion that we exist but we have no way to prove it. ‘I am’ is the closest foundation we can get.