Barnett Newman and Jorge Luis Borges- two artists whose works have consistently inspired The Drive to Uqbar (Our Third release, ‘First Station‘, for instance, was influenced by Newman’s ‘Stations of the Cross‘ series of paintings. While our name derives from Borges’s “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius“), we were understandably astounded then, upon receiving the following from Heidi Colsman-Freyberger, curator of the Barnett Newman Foundation:
Five years later I am reminded of your project as I come across a note in Barnett Newman’s hand:
No indication as to what this refers to or in what context the note was made. Eventually I find out that it is “note 4” in Jorge Luis Borges’ “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” which, it appears, elicited a reaction in both Barnett Newman and you.
With best regards,
A handwritten note, found serendipitously among Newman’s papers, containing a quote from Borges’s “Tlon…”
This became a dual interest being that during the making of ‘First Station’ it came to our attention that Newman had named a painting after James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses‘- of which our second album, ‘North Strand‘ had been inspired by.