Since last week’s revelation that I want to make “spectacular” art, I’ve been thinking about what that means. What exactly is spectacular art? What makes some art spectacular and other art unimpressive?
Art is subjective, and what I find appealing may or may not be anyone else’s cup of tea. It makes the pursuit of “spectacular” somewhat meaningless, since there’s no agreement or way to measure the quality of art.
That leads me back to where I started. As always, my best bet is probably to make the art that most intrigues me at any given time — the art that ignites me and makes me feel alive.
I find it helpful to remember that art is more of a process than an end product. For me it’s a practice of experimentation and discovery, as well as self discovery. Rather than producing something specific, I try to stay focused on the journey and let go of end results.
As much as I’d like to create “spectacular” art, it’s really not about that. It’s about discovering who we are, what we have to give to the world, and how we’re going to share that.
I created the two paintings below last week. They’re about the beauty in destruction, decomposition and decay — things that are broken, fractured and imperfect — a theme that comes up often in my work.
Are these pieces worthy of being called “spectacular?” Maybe not, but I enjoyed creating them. In the end, that may be what counts more than any hierarchical designation.
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“Fade,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“Fracture,” 10 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
Join me for the opening reception of “Love” at the Ventura County Government Center on March 13th! I have three paintings in the show, and I’d enjoy seeing you there.
February 28 – April 7
Opening Reception Friday, March 13, 5:30-7pm
Ventura County Government Center
Hall of Administration, Atrium Gallery
800 S. Victoria Avenue
What art takes your breath away? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,