WRITING:UNTITLED

Untitled

 

I have seldom used ‘Untitled’ as a title and this is a perfect opportunity--in a book of titles.

I have been a collector of titles ever since I started composing in the early 1980s. They are ubiquitous if one pays attention to them, emanating from things one is reading or in overheard phrases on TV or the radio.

Titles can exert a big influence on how ideas grow and develop from a conceptual basis--other times they are added to complete an idea, or to add one where a central idea was needed. Sometimes artists want to avoid suggesting anything specific and use ‘untitled’ or something generic like ‘abstract painting’, as Gerhard Richter has frequently done. (If something is to remain pristinely abstract, one wouldn’t want to introduce or suggest possible meanings.)

Titles have different effects depending on the medium: art and sometimes photography do not require titles but I have always added them. Music always needs a title in all genres except classical, where ‘Symphony No. 3 in C Minor’ is sufficient, with each movement named for its tempo marking, as more of a formal ‘category’ rather than a title per se.

Index

Links:

Photography
Painting
Works On Paper

A

Ab Ex X
Accidental Ab Ex
Achtung
Achtung (Photo)
Aerial Dining
African Dust
Alux (Duende)
Americanista
Amnesia
Anodyne, The
Approach to Ganymede
Arrow of Abaris, The
Augmented Octave
Autocerebroscope

B

Bad Perfume
Beginnings Middles & Endings
Black Frost
Blue Zoom
Building A Life
Burning Moxa

C

Carcasses
Cliche Cycle
Clockwork Shadows
Code Indigo
Collidoscope
Colors of Perception
Concrete Bed
Cor Ten Blue

D

Dabbawallah
Dark Deco
Dark Park
Dark Park
Days Until
Death of Music
Declination
Degrees of Cool
Dencity
Denuded Umbrella
Distance of Emily, The
Downbeats
Dromomania
Drop Shadow

E

Echosystem
Edgecation
Eke
Empty Planes
Enlightened
Entanglement
E-Scape
Eyes Into the Sole

F

Fahrenheit
Fantacea
Far East Desires
Fluorescent Web
Forelocked Tulip
Fractal Islands That Never Were
Frame 313

G

Green Architecture
Gulity Bystanders

H

Hat Invasion
Headz
High & Low
Huh?

Hundreds of Arbitrary Decisions Made By Design

Huzu
Huzu (Music)

I

Illusory Borders of Subjective Contour

Imagery Fallout
Imitation Man
Instillation
Insula (Short Story)
Interregnum
In The Center of the Bridge
Ironic Blue

J

Junk on TV

L

Land Escape
Look Into the Big Black Tulip
Lost In The Circuitry
Love Gasoline

M

Martian Vapor Trails
Mast Minimalism

N

Neone (Character in the short story "Reset")

Noondreams
Noondreams (Music)
Not Like Before

O

Obsequious
OI
Omens On One Side
Omens On One Side (Angel)
Orange Rhyme

P

Parking Mondrian
Place No One Knows, A
Plowden Bridge

R

Reverse Pollack

S

Saturnine
Shades of Remembering
Shadow Stack
Shante
Ship of Theseus
Sidewalk Dekooning
Sidewalk Expressionism
Sidewalk Star
Sidewalk Suture
Signal Sent
Sparkline
Spychodrama
Still Thinking
Stratified By Wind
Stylects (Essay)
Sussed
Symmetry Breaking

T

Thought Trains
Three Views of a Skyscraper Torrance Test
To The Brink
Tube Tableau

U

Underlying Knowledge of Shapes
Untitled

V

Versa
Virtual Graffiti

W

When Comes a Time
Window Treatments
Wrong Yaw

Z

Z-Axis

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