22 June 2020

some leap to conclusions, others to their deaths.

 Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 28 May, 2020, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm

I am thinking of Sol LeWitt, who wrote: “Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.”

I have enjoyed Sol LeWitt for many years but I haven't been moved by his work. It has amazed me in a certain way but I have not been emotionally engaged by it. Yet, I like what he articulates here very much. Although I have never been able to move beyond the idea (which is the point I suppose) of Conceptual Art, I can see that Sol LeWitt was not the serious sort of boring Conceptual Artist as so many seem to be. He was full of mirth, and it certainly flowed out of him throughout his career as a visual artist and architectural decorator. 

I like the idea of being a mystic even if I don't really see myself as one at all. In fact, if I met someone who did consider him/herself a veritable mystic I would turn right around and run as fast as I could in the other direction.

A painting can be a mystical object in itself, but it can also invoke something deeply mysterious for the artist alone. He receives a divine treasure from the Muses or just maybe, it makes him a lot of money which is pretty mysterious too.

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