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Faultline, Neil Campbell

 

Painting is often difficult to talk about. Especially Contemporary Painting.

According to Neil Campbell (an artist, curator and educator at Emily Carr University), painting has the ability to “deliver you to the artist’s mentality.” He offers mentality in the broadest sense, implying the full human spectrum of mind-body-spirit: rational cognition, intuition, emotions, physical rhythms, affects and experiences not necessarily rooted in the verbal (Monika Szewczyk). The activity of Painting can be interpreted as an investigation in mind-expansion.

Thirteen strategies for enjoying Contemporary Painting.

 

Inglewood, Bronwen Sleigh

 

 

Middle Earth, James KM

 

Spend time with it. The average viewer spends less than 20 seconds experiencing a painting. It probably took the artist longer than 20 seconds to make it. You would be doing yourself a great injustice by dismissing it so quickly. Even if did take the artist only 20 seconds to make, this 20 seconds is the product of a lifetime of practice.

Be an active participant. As a viewer, you are responsible for completing the artwork for yourself. What you see and feel are often very different from what you say. Each painting has the unique ability to deliver you to a space that is beyond verbal language. The artist is merely the mediator and the artwork is the backdrop for discovery! There is a subtle intelligence to painting. The maker had an intimate relationship to it, so in experiencing it, you are experiencing yourself.

Ask questions.

 

Concrete Cabin, Peter Doig

 

List of possible questions:

How do I feel when I stand in front of it?

 

Landscape, Eric Freeman

 

Where does it take me?

What is the artist’s agenda?

Do I care to figure it out?

Can I sense the underlying structure and logic of the system?

 

Caltex, Holger Kalberg

 

How does the scale interact with my body?

What colours and techniques did the artist use?

Is this an illusionary space or a flat surface?

How does the medium describe the ideas inherent to the work?

Is this image a response or reference to something other than itself?

 

Frontier, Garth Weiser

 

Realize that there are no set meanings in visual art. Many kinds of knowledge cannot be understood by the mind but enter the body in ways we cannot describe with words.

 

Problem Of Nothing, Michael Morris

 

Appreciate that the physical presence of a painting bears weight. For it to exist in public means that it has a presence in the canon of art. Once an artwork leaves the artist’s hands, it takes on a life of its own and now belongs to its audience.

Know that a large part of visual art is Frustration. Anything that is too easily obtained isn’t worth having.

 

Passage, Brian Fisher

 

Appreciate that each visual work has its own language. Even though we are all made of the same evolutionary hardware, we are all different and express in different ways. Some people are good with words, others are good with pictures.

 

Wade Wood (detail 2), Charlie Roberts

 

 

Action Painting, Vik Muniz

 

Realize that having eyes does not imply knowledge about Visual Art. Sight is more than just owning a pair of eyes.Visual art and music are probably the most readily consumable forms of expression out there because everyone feels entitled to their taste and sense of value. The difference between participating in art and being an art consumer is the amount of time invested and intentions behind the effort. Doctors go to medical school to advance the knowledge of the human body. Scientists devote their lives to research in order to advance our definition of science. Artists go to art school to expand the definition of art and in doing so, growing our awareness of what it means to be human. So to recap, to know something about visual language is more than just consuming with your eyes and knowing how to write a cheque.

 

David Shrigley

 

Be aware that words like post-modern and contemporary just imply the acceptance of uncertainty, change, possibility and turning inward. Artists working today are concerned with expanding the definition of how painting functions as a medium and how you can re-interpret and re-inhabit this two-dimensional surface without repeating the past, unless doing so intentionally. If all else fails, make fun of yourself.

 

Layer Painting Red, Jeremy Hof

 

 

Subway, Inka Essenhigh

 

Know that Visual Art is more than a comparison game. If you hear someone saying, ‘oh my child could have done that,’ the fact is that they didn’t. Art requires creativity and creativity lies in the ability to take an idea and execute it. Everyone can criticize in hindsight, but how many actually follow through with their ideas?

 

Nice 'N Easy, After Botticelli, John Currin

 

Enjoy the Silence. Silence creates a space for interpretation and growing one’s awareness. Quiet time for yourself means that you are open to inspiration that is everywhere, all the time, available to anyone with an open, untroubled mind. The collected sum of these moments can be defined as one’s sensibilities. What you see in a work of art are the collected sensibilites of an artist’s lifetime of practice and discipline. Children are often more receptive to inspiration. Perception is reception.

Realize that liking and disliking something are relative terms that don’t mean much. If you do not

 

Corner and Goers, Etienne Zack

 

‘like’ a work of art, could it be that it is simply foreign territory? We tend to be drawn to things that validate our own existence and when something is unfamiliar, it can create an existential crisis.  

 

Egg, Lucio Fontana

 

Be Present. Let go of what you need to do later on and what you’re having for dinner. Your anxiety is not welcome here. Everything is perfect in this moment. Enjoy it!

Psychedelic Lollipop, Gary-Lee Nova

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Chrono Synclastic Infundibulum: places where all different kinds of truths fit together as nicely as the parts in your daddy’s solar watch.

chrono = time

synclastic = curved toward the same side in all directions (like the skin of an orange)

infundibulum = what ancient Romans like Julius Caesar and Nero called a funnel

*Is your spaceship powered by UWTS? What is UWTS you may ask? Why it’s the Universal Will To Become. It’s what makes nothingness insist on becoming somethingness. Perhaps the beings in our solar system are not in possession of such technology as of yet. – The complete history of Mars

“When I ran my space ship into the chrono-synclastic infundibulum, it came to me in a flash that everything that ever has been always will be, and everything that ever will be always has been.” -Winston Niles Rumfoord, Sirens of Titan (Kurt Vonnegut).

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel and the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings. How eager they are to kill one another. How fervent their hatreds. Our postulings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe are challenged by this point of pale light…

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.  We must preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known.

Black Hole

Black Hole

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Naked Singularities

Naked Singularities

Hadron

Hadron

black hole diagram

black hole diagram

Hourglass Nebula

Hourglass Nebula

Sphere Streamlines

Sphere Streamlines

Imagine a tunnel, a point in space that leads you from A to B. An endless journey of wonder. Perhaps you may encounter some likely characters and perhaps not.  Signifier and signified can often defy any known symbols in this vernacular. A new vocabulary must be developed, not to explain the way things are but rather, to re-imagine the way in which we generate systems to describe it.

Does a vortex in fact occupy space or would you call it anti-space? How do you describe the idea of infinity? If our bodies are finite, how is it even possible to fathom the infinite?

Given that black holes (may) exist, where do they lead to? Are they portals to another place or simply a way to arrive at more black holes?

Perfect circles do not exist in nature and yet we use them as symbols of perfection as if they describe the truth. What is perfection? Does symmetry truly describe beauty? Why is the golden ratio appealing to the human eye?

Does the elusive number Pi contain a hidden message that we have yet to uncover? Perhaps buried in its 11 dimensions.

Words to think about:

Hidden Variable: assumes that quantum events are determined by a subquantum system acting outside or before the universe of space-time known to us. It has been suggested that the hidden variable is consciousness or information.

Nonlocal: Not depending upon space and time. A nonlocal effect occurs instantaneously and with no attenuation due to distance.

Infinite Regress

Schrodinger’s Cat in a box

Information

Singularity

Geometry

Tunnel/Vortex/Black Hole

Symmetry

Fractal/Repetition

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By human standards, it could not possibly have been artificial: It was the size of a world. But it was so oddly and inextricably shaped, so clearly intended for some complex purpose that it could only have been the expression of an idea. Gliding in polar orbit, about the great blue-white star, it resembled some immense, imperfect polyhedron, encrusted with millions of bowl-shaped barnacles. Every bowl was aimed at a particular part of the sky. Every constellation was being attended to. The polyhedral world has been performing it enigmatic function for eons. It was very patient. It could afford to wait forever.