Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
An artist's book 10"x6.5" each page Emna Zghal © 2010

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Front Cover, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Frontispiece, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Cover Page, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Two, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
We are meant to be witnesses to a possibility which we will not live to see, but we have to bring it about. I has nothing to do with you and nothing to do with me. It has to do with what we know human beings have been and can become and that is so subversive that is called poetry.
James Baldwin
A Rap on Race

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Three 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
So if we are visited in our stated by someone who has the skill to transform himself into all sorts of characters and represent all sorts of things, and he wants to show himself and his poems to us. We shall treat him with all reverence due to a priest and giver to rare pleasure, but shall tell him that he and his kind have no place in our city, their presence being forbidden by our code, and send him elsewhere, after anointing him with myrrh and crowing him with filets of wool.
Plato
Republic

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Four, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
J. Sacs: But for God's sake, what of Intelligence? You neglect Intelligence
Matisse: Quite so
-Then all is left is Instinct
- Ah Voilà!... voilà! It's precisely instinct that
fascinates me.

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
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Page Five, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
That is why he (Plato) didn't want any poets in his republic. It took me a longtime to understand that, a longtime. But he described poets as disturbers of the peace. James Baldwin
A Rap on Race

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Six, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
En nos temps où le président de la République lui-même, lors du lancement du projet du centre Beaubourg, avait déclaré: "L'art doit être subversif."
Belinda Cannone
La Bêtise S'améliore

In our times where the President of the Republic himself at the launch of the Beauboug project declared: "Art has to be subversive."
Belinda Cannone
Stupidity Gest Better
(my translation)

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Seven, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
So why would the authorities that be want art to be subversive? I mean all of them:
teachers
curators
museum directors
and even
Presidents!

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
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Page Eight, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
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Page Nine, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
There is very little reason to believe that those figures of authority want their power undermined in anyway.

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Ten, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
It is therefore logical to conclude that what they call subversive is not always so. There is such a thing as an "academic subversion." Consider this: a contemporary artist saying that she aspires for her paintings to feel like a restful armchair

Academically inacceptable.

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Eleven, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
Ce que je rêve, c'est un art d'équilibre, de pureté, de tranquillité, sans sujet inquiétant ou préoccupant, qui soit, pour tout travailleur cérébral, pour l'homme d'affaires aussi bien que pour l'artiste des lettres, par example, un lénifiant, un calmant cérébral, quelque chose d'analogue à un bon fauteuil qui delasse ses fatiques physiques.
Matisse

What I dream…
An art of balance
purity
serenity
a good armchair which provides
relaxation from physical fatigue

Matisse

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Twelve, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
As this exhibition set out to demonstrate, the color chart furnishes a compelling allegory for an approach to color adopted by those contemporary artists who disavow transcendent goals of truth or beauty while forging a new quotidian sublime.
Ann Temkin
Color Chart

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Thirteen, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
Artists who disavow goals like "truth" are folks well put in place. They are duly admitted into Plato's "Ideal City" of hell, I might add… The price of the ticket, as Baldwin would put it, is to surrender to mighty "reason," and put instinct, feelings and the unruly poetry on a tight leash.

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Fourteen, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
Artists who disavow goals like "truth" are folks well put in place. They are duly admitted into Plato's "Ideal City" of hell, I might add… The price of the ticket, as Baldwin would put it, is to surrender to mighty "reason," and put instinct, feelings and the unruly poetry on a tight leash.

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Fifteen, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
[color] It had to be contained and subordinated-like a woman- Colour was a permanent internal threat, and an ever-present inner other which, if unleashed, would be the ruing of everything, the fall of culture.
David Bachelor
Chormophobia

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Sixteen, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
We are therefore quite right to refuse to admit him to a properly run state, because he weakens and encourages and strengthens the lower elements in the mind to the detriment of reason, which is like giving power and political control to the worst elements in a state and ruining the better elements.
Plato
Republic

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Seventeen, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
So instead of having color adequately contained by design (drawing), it is now contained by an equally unforgiving conceptual framework. Poetry [or painting] cannot afford to lose its fundamentally self delighting inventiveness. Its joy of bing a process of language as well as a representation of things in the [visual] world. To put it in the W.B. Yeats terms, the will must not usurp the work of the imagination. An while this may seam something of a truism, it is nevertheless worth repeating in a … context of politically approved themes [academic subversion], post-colonial backlash and "silence breaking" writing of all kinds. Seamus Heaney
The Redress of Poetry
[and hopefully painting or just art really]

Thank you Breyten Breytenbach

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Page Eighteen, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010
Examine the word TOMB inscribed on the wall, to the right of the entrance,…allow your thoughts to dwell on the fact that while you too will be dead: wouldn't be best to let a little poetry steal into your lives before you too rot away like a the books and manuscripts you're reading in another vast, crepuscular cemetery.
Juan Goytisolo
Landscapes After the Battle.

Plato
Pineapple
Poetry
Painting
Back Cover, 10"x6.5" Emna Zghal © 2010

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