“I am for an art that takes into account the direct effect of the elements as they exist from day to day apart from representation. The parks that surround some museums isolate art into objects of formal delectation. Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic. Parks are finished landscapes for finished art . A park carries the values of the final, the absolute, and sacred. Dialectics have nothing to do with such things. I am talking about a dialectic of nature that interacts with the physical contradictions inherent in natural forces as they are - nature as both sunny and stormy. Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal. Nature does not proceed in a straight line, it is rather a sprawling development. Nature is never finished. When a finished work of 20thcentury sculpture is placed in an 18th-century garden, it is absorbed by the ideal representation of the past, thus reinforcing political and social values that are no longer with us. Many parks and gardens are re-creations of the lost paradise or Eden, and not the dialectical sites of the present. Parks and gardens are pictorial in their origin - landscapes created with natural materials rather than paint. The scenic ideals that surround even our national parks are carriers of a nostalgia for heavenly bliss and eternal calmness.”
“Solitude is a condition for acquiring a sense of immensity. Alone one’s thoughts wander freely over space. In the presence of others they are pulled back by an awareness of other personalities who project their own worlds onto the same area. Fear of space often goes with fear of solitude. To be in the company on human beings—even with one other person—has the effect of curtailing space and its threat of openness.”
Space and Place
Together with my intrepid and excellent classmates, Janelle Proulx and Cynthia Henebry, we will be opening our first year MFA show at Black Iris Gallery here in Richmond, April 26th from 7-10pm next week.
The show will be open every Friday & Saturday from 11-5pm until May 18th, 2013. We hope to see you there.
Untitled photograph by Janelle Proulx.
I’m very excited to be showing next week with my two incredible classmates Stanley and Cynthia who daily challenge me to be a better artist and person. If you have the opportunity to come, please do.
My latest art crush.
"We can’t imagine the audience because the audience is too big. Thousands and thousands and thousands of people and everybody has a different cultural background, everybody has a different social background. But everybody has a soul and everybody has emotions and we can touch everybody but we cannot say “Okay, we will do this movie for the whole audience” because we don’t know them. But we know ten nice people and their opinion’s very important and I think one of the best is Susan (Sontag) because she has seen everything we’ve done, and she likes the films and, you know, for us it’s important what she says."