“We all… apprehend the land imperfectly, even when we go to the trouble to wander in it. Our perceptions are colored by preconception and desire. The physical landscape is an unstructured abode of space and time and is not entirely fathomable; but this does not necessarily put us at a disadvantage in seeking to know it. Believing them to be fundamentally mysterious in their form and color, the varieties of life inherent in them, in the tactile qualities of their soils, the sound of the violent fall of rain upon them, the smell of their buds – believing landscapes to be mysterious aggregations, it becomes easier to approach them.”
“This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life. Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing.” www.jeff-frost.com
You might not recognize the man, but you’ve probably seen his work: Dr. Strangelove, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, A Clockwork Orange, Beetlejuice, Stop Making Sense, The Addams Family, Men in Black, Michael Jackson’s music video BEAT IT.
I have been lucky enough to have a chance to read the Crane – Iron Pentalogy in the original Chinese version, which is great literature. The following is an outline of these five novels.
Part I: Crane Frightens KunLun (He Jing Kun Lun)
Part II: Precious Sword, Golden Hairpin (Bao Jian Jin Chai)
Part III: Sword Spirit, Pearl Light (Jian Qi Zhu Guang)
Part IV: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo Hu Cang Long)
Part V: Iron Knight, Silver Vase (Tie Qi Yin Ping)
Dennis Hopper, 34 – Taos, New Mexico (Caterine Milinaire/Sygma/Corbis)
In the late 1960s at the height of his career, Dennis Hopper left Hollywood for artistic bohemia in New Mexico. His daughter looks back on a man in search of free expression and a more contemplative way of life.