Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 10
I think we’re much smarter than we were.
Everybody knows that abstract art can be art,
and most people know that they may not like
it, even if they understand there’s another
purpose to it.
Roy Lichtenstein 1923 – 1997
I’m submitting a proposal for a painting in response to the New Bedford Harbor: A Response Exhibition of Work by Contemporary Artists call for submission. The exhibition is scheduled for May of 2013 at the New Bedford Art Museum. It’s being organized and created by UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts professors Lasse Antonsen, Bill Elliot and Kim Barry.
So far, my working title for the proposal is Pressures: New Bedford’s 1871 Whaling Fiasco. The proposed painting will attempt to convey and illustrate the sensation of the pressures on the whaling fleet. The challenge, as an abstractionist, is to get the single point of focus – pressure – across to the viewer along with cold, desperation and a feeling of surrender.
Cold is a given. Desperation is part of the story line and is perhaps better articulated as struggle. Surrender is inevitability. The reality for me however is scale. I feel this piece should be large-scale. But that would mean finding a buyer who will hang it in a public building. If I serialize it (turn it into a sequential or serial narrative, I can sell it piecemeal. Ah, the challenges aren’t always on the canvas!Posted on: 07/09/2012, by : rrfortier