against avoiding mystery

Reposting an oldie, but goodie ….

Aletha Kuschan's Weblog

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…

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This entry was published on January 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm and is filed under art. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “against avoiding mystery

  1. Love the drawing, how much time you put into it, and the contrast between the frenetic cross hatching and the calm lake of space in the middle.

  2. always loved your ball point paintings, like a Delft porcelaine.

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