Viewing Art

It is not important that I agree with an Artist when I look at their work. Their work is representative of their “world view”… so I am given a glimpse into that Artist’s “world view” through their work.

I have said frequently that I reserve the broadest range of human experience as the basis for what I create. The photos I take are a form of “sketchbook” for visual things that interest me. It is not important whether or not they “look like Art” they are merely a record of MY visual experiences.

Giorgio Morandi, Natura Morta, 1962, Bildgröße 31 x 36 cm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2007, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen

In my youth I thought of Morandi as an artist of no value… but as I’ve grown I see his work in a different light. His work makes no attempt to compete with the drama of other artist’s work… today I see his work as a persistent study of forms and subtle colors. I don’t have to believe the world is as he paints it… just accept that Morandi has his view.


The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1503-1504, Hieronymus Bosch [c. 1450 – 1516, Oil-on-wood triptych, 220 × 389 cm, 87 × 153 in, Museo del Prado, Madrid

When going to the museum one sees art that is that is from a totally different way of thinking. Hieronymus Bosch had a world view that matches only the most conservative religious points of view… but that doesn’t keep one from enjoying the artistry of the work.

I don’t have to agree with the racism of Richard Wagner to be moved by “The Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walkure the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland as conducted by Edo De Waart.

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2 Responses to “Viewing Art”


  1. 1 Project Chronix October 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    The Garden of Earthy delights is, in my mind, simply amazing in view of the structure. Utilizing the wood tripech base (of no small girth might I add) and keeping on track to appropiatly emphasize your intention as well as one done there is no small feet in itself. Nothing looks out of place, every thing is well detailed and fits the structure of the painting well. That’s something that is incredibly hard to find in mural based paint works. Either the artist gets ansy and includes after thoughts or falls of the mental track of correctly sticking with the detail and structure of the painting sufficently in most murals seen nowdays. Of course, I’m sure its alot easier when the king and/or church is paying you and your simply screwed if he doesn’t like it for the rest of your life. I’m sure that def. adds weight to the necessity of double checking and sticking with the plan!

    I love the work, but in my mind, it simply lacks what it takes to be deemed as one of my favorites. For me to truly enjoy a work, I like the message it tells to be noticably there, but slightly obscured and left open, almost like a piece of the artists emotion and thought was placed into the work without the artist realizing it. In the Garden, the skill level is amazing, the detail and messagery is amazing, but the message spelled out. Granted, it’s done in a very creative way, but it’s noticable on first look. Sometimes I think that is the failure of tryepchs… I feel as if they almost require the artist to use a three part compound messagry system which simply makes the message flat out noticable. It’s human nature to catagorize and simplify, and it seems to be the trypech creates that pull just a little to much, even in mural types.

    Still, you have to consider that most trypechs are utilized for that exact reason; thats why they are chosen. Likewise, the intention was to spell it out, entice, warn, and scare.

    So, it really all boils down to how you personally view art and deem it favorable I guess.

    The top picture is more in line with what I tend to appreciate in art. The mixture of 2d and 3d, the relation to the pitcher and the glasses, the mixture of the diffrent types… It holds something in it that in just on the edge of your brain but you can’t catch without putting your own catagorical and social interpitations into it. Thus, it’s very, very, multi-faceted. I don’t really like it myself, but thats based on other personal issues and fellings. Still, I can recognize the quality in it that I appreciate none the less.

    Diffrent strokes for diffrent folks and all that jazz.

  2. 2 zerne October 3, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments.


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