A new quotation to add to my list of favorites:
“The moment you create something you no longer have complete control over it. The book belongs to the reader, the painting to the viewer, the song to the listener, and each of those people’s reactions is as valid to them as the intention is to the artist. When you share a piece of yourself you lose hold of it, and in that something greater is born.”
A good friend recently introduced me to the artist Gunther Gerzso (6/17/15-4/21/00). His paintings are fascinating, as is his story. A quote from an interview with Jose Antonio Aldrete-Haas that resonates with me:
“I don’t care what my paintings represent- my emotional matter appears in them. That happens without me having to worry about it, because when I am painting i only pay attention to the technical issues.”
Check out the full interview and example of Gerzso’s work.
This is my current favorite quote….absolutely right on. I have it mounted on my drawing table, and read through it every day before I begin working.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anyone who will listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
“I don’t go to the studio with the idea of “saying” something.
What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few marks on it
that start me on some sort of dialogue.”
“The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.”
― Ken Robinson
“Never be so focussed on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”
Ann Patchett, as her character Dr. Annick Swenson in STATE OF WONDER. The character is actually referring to scientific research with this statement, but the idea is 100% applicable to making art, not only those who do intuitive/experimental art, but to all artists.
“Figure out who you are and be the hell out of that”