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“There’s a Metaphysical Thing”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

On July 5, 2008. I was in NYC’s MOMA, standing next to “Vir Heroicus Sublimis” translated “Man, heroic and sublime”. The artist, Barnett Newman, writes in his essay “the Sublime is Now”, “If we are living in a time without a legend that can be called sublime, how can we be creating sublime art?”

Newman hoped that the viewer would stand close to his great work and he likened the experience to a human encounter. I had experienced such an encounter last week, getting into a cab with my friend, Mr. RadioLandMan. Subconsciously, I stopped midway into the cab and sat right next to him, up, close, and personal, talking away without realizing I had almost squashed him.

As Newman continues to write, “It’s no different, really, from meeting another person. One has a reaction to the person physically. Also, there’s a metaphysical thing, and if a meeting of people is meaningful, it affects both their lives.” This was such a meeting!