Saturday, December 10, 2011
Very little paint, loads of depth
This painting is 36 x 36 inches and is being reserved for a very special exhibit opening in March. I'll tell you all more later, but just know that I've desired to have my work shown in this wonderful space for a long time.
Stimmung, Kandinsky's term for a work's atmospheric element or transcendent tendency. Deliberate silence, deliberate negation, is a major way of sustaining the elusive spiritual atmosphere of the abstract work by ruthlessly reducing the artistic (tasteful outer beauty) to an absolute minimum. Indeed silence attempts to eliminate beauty altogether. Paradoxically the absolutely silent becomes the radically beautiful, just as for Hegel absolutely abstract spirit becomes radically concrete being. The silence evokes an ecstatic sense of immediacy, an experience of radical beauty, breaking all the habits of mediation conventionally associated with perception. Concerning the Spiritual in Contemporary Art by Donald Kuspit.