Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 45

“All art is bad,

but modern art s the worst.

Just like the influenza.

The newer it is, the more dangerous.

And modern art is not only a public danger

– it’s insidious.

You never know what may happen when it gets loose.”

Gulley Jimson in The Horse’s Mouth (1944) by Joyce Cary

In another conversation at my last opening, several concepts sprang to mind while I was trying to explain my creative process to those who had asked.  Please refer to Artist’s Journal NUMBER 42 and Artist’s Journal NUMBER 43 for a couple of those concepts.

The most productive concept of all however, was the crossword puzzle approach.  This approach is not entirely new.  It is how I have been doing things for years.  I approach the easel and work.  What I produce at each session is a series.

These series are not always similar in theme, intent or outcome.  They just denote the time span and the consequences of the session.  What does happen however, is one or two products of the session may spark more attention, a more serious inquiry and sometimes another direction.

These directions are not always new.  That’s why I compare what I’ve been doing to crossword puzzles.  All the elements are somehow attached and each defines and, sometimes answers, a certain question.

In a way, these crosswords are like a labyrinth.  I’m following, by definition, a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way.

Caroline Adams Miller the author of Creating Your Best Life said this about labyrinths, “You are on the path…  exactly where you are meant to be right now…  And from here, you can only go forward…”

And, just to be clear about labyrinths and mazes, according to Dan Johnston, author of Lessons for Living, “Labyrinths and mazes have often been confused. When most people hear of a labyrinth they think of a maze.  A labyrinth is not a maze.”

“A maze is like a puzzle to be solved.  It has twists, turns, and blind alleys. It is a left brain task that requires logical, sequential, analytical activity to find the correct path into the maze and out.”

“A labyrinth has only one path. It is unicursal. The way in is the way out. There are no blind alleys. The path leads you on a circuitous path to the center and out again.”



Posted on: 13/02/2013, by :
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