Reflections: On Being Brief…
“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.” William Shakespeare
Do you ever long to be brief? Are there moments in your life when you don’t want to add anything more to a conversation? You’ve said enough… What I love about art is that we can all look at a painting, a sculpture, an artistic piece, and see worlds we created in it… What else do we see in Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory? (Fair use rationale below)
“I shall be so brief that I have already finished.” Salvador Dalí
Sometimes, it is best to say less. While viewing the remarkable work of Oleg Shuplyak above, we can see images within images; we can create representations of what we see and use words sparingly.
“This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment.” Katherine Mansfield
When I visit a museum to enjoy the creative genius of works like the piece above by Octavio Ocampo, I don’t want to stand next to a group, a couple or an art aficionado debating the aesthetics and complexities of the piece… Set the mental masturbation aside… For now, let us just enjoy the work and talk later… More below! 😉
“Life gives us brief moments with another…but sometimes in those brief moment we get memories that last a life time…” Anon
Maybe we can create pieces like Tracey Emin’s Everyone I have Ever Slept With and be done with the need to have a lengthy conversation… Even with art, we can choose to be verbose or brief, no? What are your thoughts? Do you ever long to be brief? What do you do when words fail you? Do share! Thank you. 😉
Positive Motivation Tip: Sometimes, it is best to see more and say less…
- Look again, there’s more than initially meets the eye: The intricate oil paintings that hide remarkable double images (dailymail.co.uk)
- In Presentations, Learn to Say Less (blogs.hbr.org)
- Less and Fewer (dailypost.wordpress.com)
- 1941 Dizzy Dali Dinner (cakeheadlovesevil.wordpress.com)
- This One Time Bob Hope Went to A Party At Salvador Dali’s House (thefrisky.com)
- Sleep – Salvador Dali (manonmona.wordpress.com)
- Short stories: Margaret Drabble and Katherine Mansfield (guardian.co.uk)
- Who wrote Shakespeare? (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos The Persistence of Memory by Dali, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 by Tracey Emin via Wikipedia, John Lennon by Oleg Shulpyev via Daily Mail.uk, Las Visiones del Quijote by Octavio Ocampo via beinart.org and/or via Flickr
Fair Use Rationale for Non-free media data Applicable to all art featured on this post.
Description: Salvador Dalí. (Spanish, 1904-1989). The Persistence of Memory. 1931. Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 13″ (24.1 x 33 cm). © 2007 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Other information: Work held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Non-free media use rationale for The Persistence of Memory
Article:The Persistence of Memory
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