Thursday, September 19, 2013

Breaking the rules... all of them.

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.


Neesie said...

Wow Angy...this blew my socks off!!!
What a brilliant post ;D
I'm going to go back and revisit each work and your wise words.
There's so much food for thought there. I do think we are too critical of our work and I love the statement 'break all the rules'
Now I just have to have faith and carry it out!!!
Thanks for sharing the exhibition and all the inspiration.

terlee said...

Wonderful thoughts and photos of your adventure to the gallery.

So much inspiration in the world if we just look. Thanks for sharing a little glimpse of it...

In My Wild Eden said...

I love, love, love this post. For several years I was an art "teacher". I was often in trouble because I didn't grade on how good the project looked but on how much heart was poured into it. Nothing else seemed fair to me. Instead of "teaching" I wanted to awaken what was already inside the kids. I wanted to inspire them- both the ones who thought they were good and those who had been taught that they weren't. Some of the kids really didn't like me because they had always gotten an easy A without any effort, just by copying what they had been told looked good. Other kids realized that if they pored out what was in their heart, they could get an A in a class they thought they would never get an A in. It was an awesome class to be part of. I know I didn't do everything right, but I hope I gave inspiration to some kids who had been overlooked in this area for sad reasons and really how do you grade art?! Thank you for such a great walk through a wonderful exhibit.

Vintage Jane said...

What an amazing post ... I feel I need to go back and read and look at it again - it has so much to say.
As for Chuck Close - your post prompted me to find out a little more about him and he truly is an inspiration - his work is unbelievable.
Thank you for sharing.

Deb said...

Well written and thought provoking post. And I love your photography.