Sunday, January 30, 2011

hurlyburly 2
  oil on canvas  12" x 18"
The task of any art form - (drama, music, painting, sculpture, photgraphy, etc.) - is to bring form out of the chaos or, in simpler terms, understanding out of life. Abstraction searches for the essence of the visual experience using the most basic visual elements, without the distraction of representation. What remains is the struggle between surface and depth / cool and warm color / line and shape / dark and light - all held in the shallow space near the surface. The artist has to remain true to the idea that a painting, before it is anything else, is an arrangement of colored oil marks on a flat surface. 

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