If you do something, especially if you do something only marginally, and then you find out you’re only doing it because you were influenced by misinformation and outright lying forwarded by someone not a friend, do you keep doing that something? Do you say, “Well, shoot, we can’t go back now,” and dig your heals in because you’re too embarrasses or stubborn to admit you were conned? Or do you have the good GD common sense to just stop doing that something and reset? Can’t change the past but you can reconcile it and change paths.
Asking for a friend.
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The work featured in my September 23 post has already been suggested as one of my best, and, I gotta admit, I knew it almost the second I finished it. Sometimes it goes that way. Sometimes the artist knows immediately they’ve done something exceptional. More often, by my experience, it’s time that informs the artist. But the work goes out with the artist’s full expectation that it may be good.
And sometimes the artist just doesn’t know if it’s anything. This is one of those times.
While this work uses some (not all) of the same techniques used in the September 23 post, it’s more conceptual in its execution. Its 1x1 scale may not offer the same sweeping visual of the 1x2 landscape of the earlier work (although, one could argue a 1x2 perspective, via the sidewalk, runs vertically through the work). I was very happy with the abstraction of the figures in the background and the subtlety of the work, but the contrasting color burst may be … well, it was an idea. But that’s what the artist DOES. They test. They experiment. They push. They cannot simply fall back on what has always worked. They have to try – to SEE – in new ways. THAT is the nature of art; not a craft, an exploration. A blind lunge to the edge of the Earth.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.