On Love : A Crystallization ( Part 1: Corona : Bologna )
Walk, 12” x 18” newsprint guide // 1 of a 7 walk series
“At the end of every street, a mountain,” so wrote the French writer Stendhal, born Marie-Henri Beyle in Grenoble.
To move mountains - the phrase meaning to do anything for love.
Walking After Midnight hoping to find someone.
The horizon line as a line in direct correspondence to our bodies.
To walk towards the horizon as it keeps pace in its distance; to walk towards the mountain as it meets you.
In 1822, Stendhal wrote On Love in which he described the “birth of love” as a process of crystallization inspired by a visit to the salt mines of Salzburg. Describing the act of falling in love as a journey from Bologna ( indifference ) to Rome ( love ) the writer described the act as a matter of traveling, from one location or feeling to the next. With each stop we shift in our thought process from indifference to admiration to acknowledgement to hope to desire and on to love. A matter of walking through a cycle of feeling.
On Love: A Crystallization is a series of walks that explore Stendhal’s theories of love in a contemporary context. The introductory leg is a walk through Queens, a borough shaped by migration and movement. The walk was commissioned by curators Christina Freeman and Emireth Herrera on the occasion of STEP a joint exhibition between Flux Factory and the Queens Museum. In Stendhal’s narrative of love, we move through the possibility and stages of love. Walking across Queens this takes in the subtle gestures and quiet aspects of love that pervade our daily lives, from the naming of street corners, to the establishment of homes, to the roots of pride parades, as a first shade of love and place.