Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Imperative Choice

Over the years I have attempted to define Art, to puzzle out where it comes from, what it means, its relevance, why we would be drawn to experience or create it. My current thinking is that when we become present we enjoy simple being and in that state we are often moved to create. When we are present, as opposed to engaging in obsessive mind-chatter, we recognize a work of Art that has been created out of that state. This view can be found, vaguely expressed, in the muddy ramblings of Art Theory and in the groping intuitive practice of contemporary Art - muddy and groping signs of an awakening that is timely and imperative.

above image, Twenty Year Work Bench - a painting done on the top of a work table i'd used for 20 years, with all it's spills, scrapes and bruises... overlaid with images from kid's drawings, mostly daughter's. The text is from the back cover of volume 4. of my Mind Stream trilogy, accessible from the link in the upper right corner of this page.