Chuang Tzu says, “The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish, you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning, once you’ve gotten the meaning you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words, so I can have a word with him?”
– Beginning of Here We All Are, recorded in the summer of 1969 in Vancouver, BC.
Last summer I recieved a letter in an envelope with an eye-catching security pattern. I love the idea of correspondence being protected by something beautiful, and since then I’ve collected a few more whose visual frequency resonates with me. While the swatches below are personal, a quick search unveiled this amazing collection by Joseph King. On King’s site, I discovered one of his patterns was used for the spine of Apartamento #7, which was a nice full-circle moment considering I just told you how I feel about the magazine. In these digital days, security and privacy usually look and feel like the fourth square, but it’s the simpler patterns in varying shades of sky I connect with the most.
With Ant, to the end of the road.
“Only thing is, I’m not the shooter. I’m the bullet…”