Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

Learning to See: for Boris Castel

 

Winter 2019 - guest editor

… Consider the flight of birds. Like contributor Nick Mount, Boris sees the flash of beauty in the trompe l’oeil hummingbirds created by New York street artist Dan Witz (Mount’s “The Return of Beauty” is in this issue). But when Boris looks at birds in flight, he, like his scientific and artistic forebear Leonardo da Vinci, also seeks to understand how birds are able to fly. Seeing as Boris sees, there is no separation between the artistic apprehension of the beauty of the flight of birds and the scientific inquiry into the mechanics and particular movements that enable the birds to move as if by magic. People of all kinds who have the good fortune to read the Quarterly as Boris has re-envisioned it are able to join with the writers, artists, members of the staff, and the editor himself in the transformative work of learning to see….

    Everything Boris Castel has done as editor of the Queen’s Quarterly over the past 27 years tells us to look again at the natural world, the world made by humankind, and the women and men that populate the planet with us. There is beauty, complexity, and genius there. Do justice to what you see. Whatever you do, learn to see.