Black is the void of the colors, white is their All. But the fundamental complicity between them stems from the fact that with both of them—as in the black-and-white photos of the naked women that I spoke about—the color of the real fails to be attained. Reduced, like the writing of black signs on white paper, to an austere symbolic function, the black–white opposition, despite its dialectical authority, conceals the fact that both terms equally negate what makes up the multifaceted flavor of the visible universe.
Conventional wisdom implores us “not to always see the black side of everything.” But would it be any better to always see the white side of everything?
What is missing from both snow and night is the rainbow.
This explains why it’s self-evident, for us decrepit Westerners, that black is the color of death and mourning, while the Chinese, who are more ancient than we are and will be around longer, think it’s white.
But is absence a negation? There’s no light, there’s no color, but does that mean that light is negated? That black has successfully fought off the colors? Isn’t it an overestimation of black’s power to think it capable of negating anything whatsoever? No, black negates neither light nor the colors. It is their pure absence. Black is passive negation; it merely indicates the absence of its extreme opposite, light.
[Christopher] D’Arcangelo contributed [to Artists Space’s Pictures exhibition] by entirely removing his name and work from the twenty-page catalogue; the pages allotted to him were left blank, while his four texts about Conceptual art that had been typeset for those pages were shown in the gallery.
A novel with no intimation of story whatsoever, Writer would like to contrive.
And with no characters. None.
Yet seducing the reader into turning pages nonetheless.
Actionless, Writer wants it.
Which is to say, with no sequence of events
Which is to say, with no indicated passage of time
Then again, getting somewhere in spite of this.
A novel with no setting.
With no so-called furniture.
Ergo meaning finally without descriptions.