I finish a lot of my paintings off balance. I do this consciously. Looking at the small image of the painting above it appears that the right side of the "m" shape is not complete. This is the first impression one gets when one views the painting from a long distance away.
As one gets closer, the image begins to unfold into distinct smaller forms and the viewer can begin to make out the content.
When right up next to the painting the content becomes whatever the viewer reads into it, informed by the sense that things are off balance.
My art, no matter how "far out" is always about life, and lack of balance is just one more aspect of it. The viewer has to read the painting to find resolution. It is there. It just takes work. And that is the secret: the audience has the possibility of going from an unbalanced state into a balanced state, while searching through the painting (life).
How far detached from the work is the artist who describes the inside of humanity, not just the surface rush and glitter? I am asking this about all art forms ~ literary, visual, musical, etc. When do we decide an artist is detached when the storyline is clearly entangled in drama?
Another question: How much conceptual knowledge is the audience bringing to the viewing of the art?
History tells us that artists have argued endlessly about how their own techniques and philosophies are the "right way." I have met artists who insist they have the answer.
Aside from technique, the creation of art is basically observation defined by personal experience, effort, and varying types of intellect. The experience of viewing and perceiving art is defined by the same.
A very long time ago I saw a skit where the question was asked, "Why is that man standing there?" Why do we create art? Why do we look at art? Why do we want to know why?
The artist never really finds the answer because reality continues to shift. We scamper onwards, postulating and gesticulating wildly, hoping for some slight settling of the dust... a moment to stand still, just for a second.
Oh look, there! A flutter of wings, a hint of a chirp?... a song? What is ...? ... must catch ......
I am a visual person who draws and paints about life, viewing the world from a variety of perspectives. Since I have one foot in civilization and one foot in nature, and my head isn't afraid of deep caverns or dizzying heights, I end up in some pretty interesting places. ~ ~ ~
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I have two blogs. Toldileigh.blogspot.com muses about the world through the lens of my art mind. The second blog, Maybeperhapsifyouwill.blogspot.com, is a bunch of nonsense I create by harvesting characters from my artwork and giving them dialogues.
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