367. July 19th…Absolutely…..defining the process since….Lascaux…..

“Early Riser” 2010

“Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.” – Julio Cartazar

I enjoy the nature of the absolute……absolute is defined as: “something that is not dependent upon external conditions for existence or for its specific nature, size, etc.”

that in itself says a great deal about the method…when producing art….the ability of the work to stand alone…on it’s merit…rather than anything else…..

I was taught…to find the “visual bar”…in my work….use it as the example until another painting rivals it to a point where the bar becomes higher….and the original even though a good painting…. it has to vacate the space on the wall…..new sheriff’s in town…..successful paintings have a life-cycle of their own…especially the paintings the possess  an absolute quality…much like “timeless music”…certain paintings carry that…I think of two artists in particular  that truly exhibit that  “Absolute “quality….Wassily Kandinsky ,  Egon Schiele …..to me their work defines absolute….

the absolute nature of producing art transcends…..ability….talent…..everything an artist may have in their box of tricks…..I’ve had professional writers tell me that often one line in an entire poem is the line that has just enough potential to expand…the rest are powerless….making art is also that way….there might be a small portion that has a real value while the remainder of the work is lifeless…impossible to resurrect….

I was also taught…good paintings…teeter on the verge of destruction….they experience a series of successes and failures….until arriving at a place where success is but steps from a brilliant failure…..much resistence….acceptance and this constant untenable displacement of who or what is thinking they are in control……an ongoing conversation…..

absolute action…..seems like a refinement process….a method of taking all of the initial elements down to a very concentrated form…eliminating all that has no function other than the essence of the idea or the method…the purest available…..once there…it seems that now though the elements are raw and essential…there is certainly a level of volatility that exists…something that…a well versed knowledge of  the process is crucial to continue…..and I am confident that knowledge comes with many years of the artist being the alchemist as well…..

I think every painter has their recepie…they have developed that over many years of experiemntation….know their success and failures well….memorized their dialogue to describe their process….how they approach the canvas…what works and what does not….the chances they are willing to take and the ones that will never be entertained…..and each artists has a goal in mind…what the bar may look like…today certainly is not the bar of a few decades from now….getting there is the prize…though….and however artists describe their desired end result…..I’m confident they have a clear picture of that idea….

my goal as a painter is to continue working towards absolute results….a place that eventually the work does all of the talking……

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