How creativity works

The way of an artist is an entirely different way. It is a way of surrender. He must surrender to his own mind — Agnes Martin As many artists, Agnes Martin underlined the necessity of having a strict schedule, she went to her studio at least three hours every morning, whether she felt like it or not, where… More How creativity works

A beautiful mind

How does one write beyond words? AGNES MARTIN: Untitled from the “On a Clear Day” portfolio (1973). Screenprint on Japanese rag paper. My interest is in experience that is wordless and silent, and in the fact that this experience can be expressed for me in art work which is also wordless and silent.  – Agnes Martin Agnes… More A beautiful mind

Theory has nothing to do with it –

In the early 1960s, Agnes Martin’s geometric compositions evolved into what would later be seen as her signature style: the square grid. Referring to these paintings, the critic Lucy Lippard described them as ‘legendary examples of an unrepetitive use of a repetitive medium’. More and more I excluded from my paintings all curved lines, until finally my… More Theory has nothing to do with it –

lineage

I would like my work to be recognized as being in the classical tradition (Coptic, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese), as representing the Ideal in the mind. Classical art cannot possibly be eclectic. One must see the ideal in one’s own mind. It is like a memory – an awareness of perfection. —Agnes Martin

on art writing

Recently I have found writings on poetry to be much more relevant for visual art, than specialized visual art writing, such as reviews, catalogue texts or research papers. Writings on poetry, and especially texts on poetry written by poets, seem to grasp art more directly, even if the poet’s language are poetic -and by definition… More on art writing

Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life

I write and underline in every interesting book I read. Making notes in beautiful art-books is obviously rather foolish, but if I’m to engage with what I read, I need to have a pen in hand, to scribble. This is also why I much prefer paper to digital books.  The text above is an excerpt… More Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life

extending the list

So, this is the situation: yesterday I presented you for an ON-GOING READING LIST, today I have extended it. If this is how its gonna be, I’m heading towards a seriously busy summer  – . I started my morning reading a chapter of Christian McEwen’s inspirational book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. It is the kind of book… More extending the list