Inter-Media Arts and Music

Robert Glenn Newsletter

"What is the value of sharing?

Does expressing yourself verbally neutralize the desire to express visually? When and how do we find the kind of austere tatami that Basho thrived on? These days, like no other time in history, we need more than ever what can only be called "character." Nowadays all distractions are potentially valuable. We need character in order to extract the useful. How do we go back to purity?

In the words of R. H. Blyth, the great English champion ofHaiku: "We return to the friends of our childhood, the rain on the window-pane; the long silent roads of night; the waves of the shore that never cease to fall; the moon, so near and yet so far; all the sensations of texture, timbre, weight and shape, those precious treasures and inexhaustible riches of every-day life." How do we find simplicity and direct purpose in the midst of chaotic communication? How, on our necessary islands of ego do we find challenging and yet comforting companionship?

In the companionship of art we are all of a time. Early or late we are to be shared. In a way we all have the same job. We are trying to evoke and reinforce meanings from the spaces we cover and the times we're given. Short or long this becomes our purpose.

What we artists do is important stuff."

Robert Glenn