Wednesday, January 26, 2011

 oil on canvas  12" x 18"
'Every realistic image must be evaluated as an abstract composition and every abstract image must be evaluated by how it deals with the real.'  This is a paraphrasing of Fairfield Porter's ideas about the essence of painting and how all paintings are related, regardless of style or approach. His writings are collected in a small book, "Art In It's Own Terms", something I will reread sections of every few years. The 'real' Porter is refering to as the goal of abstraction encompasses all the design elements but also the act of making the painting - the compression of a period of time into a single, frozen expanse of space. I would add that one of the contemplative rewards of paintings are reading the artist's process by the evidence left in the work - that is the work.

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