He had cast aside a novel "imitating chatlines" that didn't work but "looked nice", and the visual appearance immediately lent itself to the Lincoln project, the slablike
patches of text interspersed with white space.
Some are slablike
mini-monoliths reminiscent of Monument Valley, others delicate spires; some have the look of clenched fists, others of pointing fingers.
Looking as slablike
as ever, Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, a former lawyer who literally wrote the book on breaking out of prison (paperback copies of his august tome "Compromising Correctional Institutional Security" appear to be popular bedside reading).
On the right side of the picture, Isaac kneels in three-quarter profile toward the right of the picture (the same direction as his passage in the other portion), curiously not bound as the text demands, kneeling on a low slablike
object (rather than a raised altar), with his hands clasped in prayer.
corona: the projecting, slablike
member of a classical cornice supported by the bed molding or by modillions, dentils, etc., and supporting the cymatium.
But no doubt Schisto is right to see in this slablike
structure a reflection of the essential homogeneity of the tradition: the manuscripts were made by people, and those people were the followers of Savonarola in the Dominican convents of central Italy.
Duane Schuler's usual subtly brilliant lighting did its best to cover Carlo Tommasi's slablike
revolving sets, which ranged from plain to plain ugly; the hideous Vegas-motel pink diamond decor of Juliette's room recalls Oscar Wilde's supposed final words--"Either that wallpaper goes or I do" John Nelson--arguably the most underrated American conductor currently before the public--led the Lyric orchestra and chorus with his usual apt blend of sensitivity, intelligence, and vigor.
It is difficult to believe that Cubist notation, as increasingly employed by Leger in the years between his La Couseuse (Woman Sewing) of 1909-10, with her slablike
limbs and awkwardly hewn features, and his Femme cousant (Woman Sewing) of 1914, in which the seamstress is resolved into an abstract notation of half-cylinders, conic sections and cubes, has anything to do with changed feelings toward the putative subject.
One aspect of the aptly titled work seems to imagine an extended limit to the frames, but another leads back to its literality, its slablike
thing-ness, which demands viewing from a variety of angles but ultimately shuts us out.
(He lived there until his death at age fifty-five in 1960.) These are Borduas's best-known works: orientally spare, slablike
compositions of matte black and trowelled-on white that seem to translate the implications of Pollock and Franz Kline into a new kind of dramatic materiality.
He is a shy fellow who calls himself the "Patron saint of the socially inept" and whose slablike
face is etched with the sufferings of the gangling, awkward boy with whom none of the girls wanted to dance.