Friday, January 11, 2008

Link to Surrealism

Freud's "On Dreams" changed not only ideas of the subconcious, but also perception.
Why do people go mad? become obsessive? Images function as signs. Not in terms of iconography; latent and manifest content are a way to access the subconcious.
The return of the repressed can be romantic, dangerous and mysteriously intriguing.
Andre Breton wanted us to escape from order- be hysterical and criminal.
As the main goal of the surrealists was to liberate the subconcious, there is no one surrealist "style".
The images communicate more than what they appear to be. Metaphor is taken to the next level as the idea of image becomes more abstract.
In my own work, colors vibrate and say "I'm okay, you're okay". The paint looks good enough to eat.
The models in my work are just that: they are indifferent and vapid. They represent the stereotype of a "girl". They can be at once vulnerable and predatory, alluring and repulsive.
The goal is to take a relatively insignificant, or confusing act or object and reduce it to a clear, precise notation that contains a dramatic carrying power beyond its own physical existence.
In terms of a connection to the audience, I wish to successfully portray a world of solely formal devices, void of psychic dimensions and symbolic associations.
What you see is what you get. Anything more than that is derived by the viewer, is what the viewer brings from his or her own experience.
The prime compositional concern is the perceptual analysis of known quantities against austere conditions (blank background). This in turn stirs the debate over specificity, generality, linear time and timelessness.
There is no beginning; no end.
The viewer should vicariously participate in the present decision; the process of creation or destruction, and the act that took place in the past. "tableau vivant"
The potential of the stage affords space for adjusted intervals between objects. Also, there exist options for views from extreme, elevated angles, or views on level with the floor plane.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


To me an abstract idea used to be a normal thought processed and re-worked until it was unrecognizable. However, I know now that it is in fact more like a seed, inspired to grow from the deepest, most inaccessible part of the unconscious.

It is what is known as a "visualization", or imagery in "the mind's eye". These acts of abstraction are impossible to communicate to others without the vehicle of media.

As intangible as it may be, an abstraction need not lose its ambiguity once it is fully conceived and produced in the form of "art". This form is simply a translation of the artist's idea represented for the purpose of observation. However, no matter how accurately executed, or how apporpriate the choice of materials may be, the work of art will never be exactly as the abstract thought.

Abstraction occurs in time. It is intangible and subjective.

My own experiences with abstraction began as early as I recognized the similarity between aural structures and visual images. This link is a completely abstract idea; there is no literal connection bewteen music and art besides written musical notation being visual in nature.

Many people argue that jazz is closest to the abstract expressionist movement in terms of style.