Notes from Blue Fabriano journal – April 7, 2015

Roland Barthes –
“it had all been done before as no individual expression possible.”

Is painting a hermetic activity?

The question I asked when starting these new group of paintings that were titled Traveling Light was, could the meaning of the work go beyond just the materials of the painter? The “what you see is what you see” said by Stella could be replaced with what you see you don’t see, or in the words of Paul Klee – “to make visible”.

Greenberg denounced the hidden and spirituality in favor of opticality and paints materiality.
Arts purpose was to search for its purest material state

T.S. Elliot
“Freedom is only truly freedom when it appears against the background of an artificial limitation”

Painting is about feeling what would occur next; in the next moment

Corot ” it is not necessary to search, only to wait”

Looking for something more expansive, than taking years to develop a signature style.

Using patterns and color juxtapositions to highlight the subjective nature of experience.

While the nature of paintings limitations as a two dimensional flat object, the image is abstract and can evoke a sense of vibration and movement

Realizing that the painting process is an inquiry rather than a set of predermined ideas or theories

Creating a surface of feeling

Ease between resting on structure and allowing openness to generate from it through repetition, brings you to a higher plane.

Give the paintings a sense of structure that allows the process to remain open and generative, and in a sense is mimicking nature.

In visiting Petra the notion of the physicality of material, cinnabar, copper, iron and the tension between what is earthbound and the fluidity of infinitude

Not interested in the fragmentation of memory, but rather time – the fluidity of time, the present moment of experiences and the materials of paint.

Stella aligned himself with a reductive, materialist view of art where paint is paint on a surface, rather than interested in the ineffable roots of abstraction that goes back to Klint and the relationship between materiality and inmateriality, between finiteness and infinity.

“Art is an expression of human relation to human psyche and to the cosmos. Abstraction has been widely conceived of as non-dependency on nature and connection to the void as well as a discovery of invisible spiritual patterns.”
– Bracha Ettinger

John Yau. ” strips away everything until left with one simple repetitive act that requires

Intense concentration and a precision that allows for change and accident.

It is a way of marking time’s relentless unfolding in which infinity is the only destination.

The placement of each impression influences the orientation of the following adjacent impression,”

Macke- an open mechanical process where the touch of the brush leads you through the activity of creating through intuition rather than just a closed repetitive system.

Painting as an act of slow focused contemplation where the mark of the brush marks times unfolding presence.

Color is space and not just something applied to the canvas.

Structure, improvisation and the relationship of color creates light and vibration.

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