Overread: Graffiti and other instertitial texts



I've posted about Arthur Stace and 'Eternity' before somewhere.

But here's a link to the Wikipedia entry

quote:
Stace was inspired by the preaching of *Evangelist John G.Ridley, MC, on *The echoes of Eternity" from Isaiah 57:15:

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth Eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

The preacher's words, "Eternity, Eternity, I wish that I could sound or shout that word to everyone in the streets of Sydney. You've got to meet it, where will you spend Eternity?" would prove crucial in Stace's decision to tell others about his faith.

As Stace said, "Eternity went ringing through my brain and suddenly I began crying and felt a powerful call from the Lord to write Eternity." While Stace was illiterate at the time, "it came out smoothly, in a beautiful copperplate script. I couldn't understand it, and I still can't."

Several mornings a week for the next 35 years, Stace would go around the streets of Sydney and chalk the word 'eternity' on footpaths, train station entrances and anywhere else he could think of. Workers arriving in the city would see the word freshly written, but not the writer, and so "the man who writes Eternity" became a legend in Sydney.

From the plaque next to the painting 1953 by Clyfford Still:
"In a letter discussing his work, he explained that... He saw the yellow wedge at the top as 'a reassertion of the human context - a gesture of rejection of any authoritarian rationale or system of politico-dialectical dogma.'"

The painting:


What a tremendous wanker. It's a bit of yellow. It's a fucking bit of yellow. This guy must take time out every day to laugh about the fact that he's getting away with this.

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