Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 29

“True art always involves

the observer in the participatory

gesture of being,

or what we call love.”

Avatar Adi Da Samraj 1939 – 2008

Untitled
Ink and ink wash on paper
10.9 x w: 10.9 in
1994
ARTIST – Agnes Martin

The word fado comes from the Latin fatum, which means fate, destiny or doom.  What we call fate affects us because it is beyond our control and, more so, is determined by a supernatural power.  Destiny then, is a fate we cannot escape.

Destiny was a powerful theme symbolized by the feather in the movie Forrest Gump.  If anything, the main character, Forrest – Forrest Gump, had courage; the courage of his convictions.  Ah, courage!  The one thing the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz felt he lacked.  As he said, “What makes a King out of a slave? Courage.  What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage.”

I also think of another courageous literary hero Don Quixote de La Mancha and the Broadway adaption Man of La Mancha and the hit song, Impossible Dream.

And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm,
when I’m laid to my rest …

And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach … the unreachable star …

And this leads me to Vincent once again and his painting –  Starry Night and his thoughts that, “When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion, then I go out and paint the stars.”

This was supposed to be my Artist Statement for my upcoming show FADO – FATUM in January of 2013.  But, it turned into this.  And, on my way I discovered everything I wasn’t looking for including Alison Makie:

So worried was I that people would see through the painting into my soul – and guess at secret Alison stuff – that I scraped the paint off the canvas. It was too risky to expose what everyone hides… And yet isn’t that the job of the artist?  Next step is to take the risk – to work more deeply.  To expose that which cannot be expressed any other way.  That is art.  Scary and exciting.

I also discovered Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004) who said, “My paintings are certainly nonobjective. They’re just horizontal lines. There’s not any hint of nature. And still everybody responds, I think.”

Funny, I can look at her work but I can’t bring myself to look at Twombley – as much as I’d like to.

Posted on: 22/12/2012, by : Ron Fortier
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