These are like charms to me. They’re derived from fancy iron fence vector designs. I just like the empty frame quality the black line structures provide for the eye. The thin black lines composing each design you see here in this picture are like the bones in a body; they are the iron structures interpenetrating the otherworldly cloud systems and paint strokes comprising the background.
I like to think of each design as a spell. When you write something, you spell it out. But you don’t think about writing as being spell-casting because school taught you that “spell,” in a writing context, is nothing more than blinking your eye. Yet, like sentences capture imagination and thought, these designs here also capture imagination and thought in a more abstract sense. They’re further down the diving board than the logic found in sentences.
I often find myself excessively bound by the rules of this world, which spurns my imagination so much that I end up criticizing every idea that comes to me. One of the main methods I use to counter mine and the world’s anti-imagination trend is to scribble freely on cheap paper. I got a pack of loose leaf college ruled paper at the store for $0.88 cents in order to make a physical portal for me to break free and express some simple ideas. The blue lines on college ruled paper bleeds when water is applied to it, giving the images produced interesting ambient backgrounds.
Yesterday, a friend of mine had an art show opening at the North Fourth Art Center here in town, and I attended. It was the first time I’d ever been to this art center; it was the first time I’d ever heard of this place. I was shocked. I thought I knew all of the art centers and galleries here in Albuquerque, but I was gratefully surprised to find that there is a lot more going on in the arts in my city than I knew. Catherine Lynch is currently showing her work there, and I encourage any of you in town to visit the center, and maybe even purchase one or some of her works on display.
After looking at Catherine’s works, I looked at the other works on display around the center. The gallery curator, Christopher MacQueen, took me and a couple other people on a tour around the center and explained to us that the center has art programs designed for people with disabilities. The main thing that stood out to me in looking at almost all of their art is that their strokes were confident, and the colors they used are bold. There was no hint of shame in any of the works I looked at. This truly inspired me, and reconnected me to my conviction that this world has gotten out of hand with rules, laws, regulations, and suppressed social conflict.
These designs here on this visual vignette I’m showing you are more delicate, but they still convey more of a sense of off the cuff, free hand exploration. Water can’t be controlled, so I use it frequently in pieces like this. Me and Catherine were talking about the unconscious forces that work through an artist yesterday while discussing the process of making art. We both agreed that, while it seems like these forces are beyond an artist’s control, they still happen because of the artist’s acts of creation.