Sunday, January 8, 2012
Posted by Aubrey Levinthal
This phrase -- piled up perceptions -- has been stuck in my mind. I think I made it up but when it floated into my head recently it felt so important , like the answer to the impossible question : what am I trying to to paint?
I'll try to put it into some words and examples. It has to do with the content. Piled up or accumulated memories -- but not a specific memory of a one time occurrence -- rather the compilation of the same thing happening over again (i.e. sitting at the table in fall with a cup of coffee, walking down my street in the winter) Trying to express the sensations of these rituals in regards to the weather, light, smells, perspective etc.
Second is trying to formally replicate these perceptions. Picturing this swimming image in my mind I use color, composition, etc. to try to express this.
I find myself creating compositions where everything is stacked on top of each other, or floating around the perimeter. I use graphic patterns as a relief from this -- as somewhere to latch onto and rest -- as I see it in my mind. Everything is a bit blurry but the pillowcases' checkered pattern.
This search is why I respond so immediately to these artists and works:
Kyle Staver Before Breakfast 2003
Jonas Wood Gus's Room 2007 (look how space collapses right in the middle of the painitng!)
Pierre Bonnard, Nude in the Bathtub, 1935
Tshuta Kimura, The Fountain in the Clos-Saint-Pierre, 1972
Mamma Andersson, Untitled, 2009
David Park, title and date unknown
Elisabeth Cummings, The Shearer's Kitchen, Mt. Murchison, 2011
Chie Fueki, title and date unknown