|The Blue Window - Matisse|
How many times have you told yourself "Well I guess that's how it's done" only to
find out that in fact there are so many other ways to "get it done"
|Anna Zborowska - Amedeo Modigliani|
How many times have you felt like standing up in front of the crowd and yelling
"You're all WRONG!!"
|The Park - Gustav Klimt|
How many times have you stumbled upon a brilliant idea and then
sabotaged it within seconds ... usually by just ignoring it and not acting upon it
|The Olive Trees - Vincent Van Gogh|
Have you ever found yourself defending your viewpoint and then
realising "Hang on! This a VIEWPOINT... how can I be wrong??"
|Church at Murnau - Wassily Kandinsky|
What about those days when you begin creating and the world just melts away...
....minutes turn to hours and you forget to eat your lunch....
... the light dims outside but your eyes are adjusting so you don't notice...
|Road near L'Estaque - Georges Braque|
.... then someone walks in and turns a light on and you realise that time
has stood still for you and that, for even just a few moments... you had melted into
the canvas of life and fused with all the other beautiful colours...
|Illumined Pleasures - Salvador Dali|
... but the dishes are dirty, but that idea has had it's day, but there's no time,
but I don't have the money, but... but... but.....
|La Goulue at the Moulin - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec|
In times of crisis they say we humans either fight or fly
I happen to think that some of the greatest art comes from these moments of crisis...
|I still use brushes - Arman Pierre Fernandez|
... and then what we see on the canvas, in the photo, within the statue...
|Untitled 1980 - Cindy Sherman|
.. is a symbol of flying or fighting...
|Rocks Upon The Beach Upon the Rocks - Lawrence Weiner|
I make so many mistakes when i'm creating and very often
when I look back on my previous works I realise I was my harshest
critic. Art has no boundaries people. Therefore it has to include the mistakes.
|Repository - George Brecht|
The greats knew... KNOW... this.
An innate sense of what it is to express you're authentic itself
without caution nor concern for what the observer may say or do...
|Self Playing Violin - Laurie Anderson|
... a desperate drive to make, build, paint, sculpt, write, sew,
speak, film, play... breathe the art that needs to be seen...
|Elizabeth - Chuck Close|
... that's the purest form of magic I have ever seen...
|Colorado Springs, Colorado - Robert Adams|
FACT: The greats broke the rules...
ALL of them.
|Untitled - Urs Fischer|
My trip to the state gallery to see a guest exhibition
"Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond - The world reimagined"
had me in utter, speechless awe.
Exquisitely curated and thoughtfully assigned it presented
works by well known and lesser known artists who all shared
a valuable common thread. The fine gossamer line of rebellion.
The "in your face" flip of the middle finger.
The careful, shy and deliberate thumbing of the nose.
The disdain for the norm.
The rules learnt, then shunned, then broken.
Peoples I cannot begin to sum up this exhibition and as for the photos taken
with my camera... well they are just token.
I will however, leave you with a note on the third last image.
The portrait by a man called Chuck Close.
A man who suffers from Prosopagnosia
Also known as Face Blindness.
Yes... you read correctly... a portrait artist who struggles to recognise
faces (and remember them even when he does) decided to paint portraits.
A man who, at one point, threw away all his
tools in order to force himself to undertake artistic challenges
he knew he had no facility for.
And ... wait for it...
A man who in 1988 suffered a seizure which left him paralysed
from the neck down.
A man who now paints with his brush taped to his wrist.
Today peoples let's all try something new...
....let's honour the greats...
Those who walked the walk before us, faced the
ridicule and then turned around and taught us all a valuable lesson...
Break the rules... all of them.