Staying Neutral

March 7, 2014 § 3 Comments

Experience teaches us that limitation is the essence of creativity. Like a flute playing in an echo chamber, the sounded notes of a few colors, a few shapes, or lines set up visual resonances within the bounding space of the rectangle, multiplying complexity in unforeseen ways through their endless permutations. Using color in a limited way is a great way to explore this phenomenon. Here are some examples of works that choose to proscribe the range of color intensity, exploring the neutral zone that lies in the center of the color circle. Because of the relativity of color, the rainbow continues to assert itself but in a lowered intensity key. Color appears, not through pigmentation, but through optical energy. Absence becomes presence.

Distilled Life

February 18, 2014 § 10 Comments

“When you pick up one piece of dust, the entire world comes with it.”  -Zen saying

A selection of still-life paintings, mostly contemporary.

“There are four elements that ultimately determine quality and meaning in painting. One, the color you choose and how much. Two, where you put it; three, in what manner. The fourth is outside you, and that is life.”  -Larry Rivers.

Wayne Thiebaud and Morandi

May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Morandi Museum in Bologna will be showing still-life paintings by Wayne Thiebaud with those of Giorgio Morandi through October 2. In this video, Wayne Thiebaud discusses the influence of Morandi on his own work, and also speaks beautifully to many of the issues in painting that we have dealt with in class.

THIEBAUD VIA MORANDI from Victor Loh on Vimeo.

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