The Sonosopher

The Sonosopher

Alex Caldiero gave me this print a couple of years ago. I just had it framed and have been thinking about it.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Nina Pops’ works that imagine a novel by Zarko Radakovic as an image in space rather than words in time. . . . see

Looking at Alex’s drawing in that context, I’m led to think of it as an image that imagines what is in a mind.

There is a schematic representation in blue of what is behind the face, and it extends far beyond the back of of head. Inside are various spiral nodes connected by a black web to each other and to an eye — also a spiral.

And finally Alex has recourse, in this image, to words, lines of a poem bracketed by spirals.

in my mind
i’m in my mind
i mind my mind
don’t mind my mind
mine is mind
my mind is mine
my mind minds my mind
man’s mind is mine
woman’s mind is mine
my man’s mind minds my woman’s mind
She minds my mind in kind
don’t mind mine
i don’t mind
mine is mind
i mind mine
never mind.

Words and images. Images and words. And, in performance and film, Alex adds SOUND.

The Sonosopher.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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1 Response to The Sonosopher

  1. mikerol says:

    That painting looks like Alex Calder married Miro… maybe that is what a Caldiero is but I miss the M! am missing the big M even so with all that mention of mind. x m.r


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