Playing with texture
Excursions into the Material Imagination/ Art by Willard
The coordinated shutdown of dissent.
I matted 36 pieces the last couple days. I’d like to get away from ‘framing,’ but so many of my pieces, especially the smaller ones, none more than the metalpoints, look so much better when they have that focus.
Here’s a crow quill ink piece… the one that started as a drawing of a crumpled paper bag. I think it’s pretty striking in tonal contrast, and in the detail… which doesn’t show so much here.
7″x 5″ Layering of Metalpoint (silver, copper), ink, zink white gouache
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“Bio Filters,” posted on DeviantArt, speaks to my fascination with organic textures, which I’m coming to understand as a fascination with pattern: after all, texture in nature is but the sensuous expression of pattern, and discovering patterns–and combining them, combining them in antithetical (or should I say, incommensurate) combinations, plays an increasingly important role in my art. I think this is visible in 3 of my recent works:
…as well as my Pavement Series of last year, and all of my trash assemblages (we too, are ‘Nature,’ and all things we do and make, we do and make by Nature’s rules). I’ve only begun to see how this works with my acrylic paintings and larger larger pieces.
Pattern & structure are present in deterioration & decay. Entropy simplifies, but doesn’t destroy, structure. Political, social and economic structures become rigid, resisting change, stifling freedom. Visualizing decaying patterns becomes a psychological extension of a search for fissures in the borders, locations of breakdowns where new, generative patterns may begin to form. I think of my most abstract work as no less political than pieces with explicit “messages,” … and more truly subversive.
For how long have I been saying this? The author sees the symptom but refuses to name the disease. Of course he does: he’s a part of the system! “But of course galleries need to make a profit….la la la ” The very structure of capitalism turns art into commodity and erases all other values. The whole damn system is rotten! Artists have to be creative in more than making art; we need turn our creative energy to imagining another reality, another world!
From ART NEWS, Go Pro: The Hyper-professionalism of the Emerging Artist, by BY
7.5″x 5.5″ Ink, pen and wash. This began as a drawing of a crumpled paper bag.
View GALLERY HERE.