Wednesday, June 20, 2007

While waiting for corrections on an InDesign chapter, I ran across an an article on artist, Florin Ion Firimita.
A couple ideas in here that I don't wish to forget yet:
"I think that beauty is still a dirty word. I guess we owe that to the postmodernists. But I think that beauty is still out there, despite of what we make of it.

"I think we are lost in language stunts. The internal disease in some of contemporary art is the absence of compassion (in a broader sense) and a terrible separation between art and the public. These days, there are no mediators between the public and artist. Critics have failed to do that by encrypting art and building barriers between the two worlds.

quotes are by Firimita, article by Richard Whittaker in Works & Conversations
I linger on the "absence of compassion" bit.
Why did I haul my art around the Bay in recent weekends? To gauge response, see people laugh at office supplies, and ask the questions "why powerlines?" "how long does it take?" "is there a secret meaning?" The interesting part of this equation is those other people and what the art inspires (or doesn't) in them...


Anonymous said...

You "hauled your art around..." to share lyrical lines, dominant shapes and moments of fleeting sky colors which you brilliantly catch in your paintings. Those power lines are like silent totems and I don't pass one (driving or walking)
without silently looking up and smiling. The binder clips? I love these for holding paper and fiddling with in my hands. Seeing them as cards made me chuckle...your art is amazing.

Robin said...


true nature said...

wow, thanks for posting this - an eloquent way of saying such a hard to pin down concept that i usually fail to put into words, ;)

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Dungeness Paddy Hamilton Studios said...

At last a pithy explanation of the essential "dilemma" of Art versus public described - I too am heartily fed up with being a spokesperson for all artists when confronted with sceptical or em-bittered remarks.. I used to hold Ad Reinhardt dear on this subject

Question - " Ha- Ha...what does that represent?"

Answer - "What do you represent?"

At Art School I used to risk ridicule for daring to mention the 'beauty' word - Anthropology is a different discipline ... Painting allows beauty without disrupting intention.

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