"High Tide," 2011. Acrylic & oil on canvas. Zoom for detail.
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Detail, "High Tide," 2011. Acrylic & oil on canvas.
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"In High Tide, the ritual was the marriage of this figure to a zebra-printed bed." Detail, "High Tide," 2011.
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In other words, the unique value of the "authentic" work of art has its basis in ritual, the location of its original use value. This ritualistic basis, however remote, is still recognizable as secularized ritual even in the most profane forms of the cult of beauty.
—Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), Illuminations (first published in 1969), Fontana/Collins, Glasgow (p. 225-226)
Our epoch, which presents its time to itself as essentially made up of many frequently recurring festivities, is actually an epoch without festival. Those moments when, under the reign of cyclical time, the community would participate in a luxurious expenditure of life, are strictly unavailable to a society where neither community nor luxury exists… Once society has lost the community that myth was formerly able to ensure, it must inevitably lose all the reference points of a truly common language until such time as the divided character of an inactive community is superseded by the inauguration of a real historical community. As soon as art—which constituted that former common language of social inaction—establishes itself as independent in the modern sense, emerging from its first, religious universe to become the individual production of separate works, it becomes subject, as one instance among others, to the movement governing the history of the whole of culture as a separated realm.
—Guy DeBord (1931-1994), The Society of the Spectacle (c. 1967), 2005 trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith, Zone Books, New York (p. 113, 133)
Excerpt from "Sans Soleil," 1982, dir. Chris Marker. Winston was inspired by this sublime, bright commingling of Japanese ritual and public spectacle.
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