against avoiding mystery
July 26, 2012
They should not have wanted to eliminate the confusions in art. Instead those confusions should be sought. One ought to want to go inside the difficulties. If you seek mystery, isn’t this the place to find it, in confusion? If you don’t know what you are seeing — or you know the name of the thing, but even as you are looking at it, you cannot decide what it looks like … isn’t that an authentic question? Shouldn’t an artist desire the direct impress of seeing that includes all sorts of unanswered questions that come into your mind, one question after another, as you attempt to take the vision apart?
It goes toward some foundation of perception to ask yourself almost daily, “What does the world really look like?” Pose it as a question. If you think you know, you have already layered it over with thoughts. Keep asking the question of the different objects of sight, at different times of day, in the different seasons of time.