Saturday, June 15, 2013
Picasso said you cannot produce abstract paintings out of nothing. Remember in maths - we learned that 0 + 0 = 0. Picasso said that you have to abstract out of "something", "some kind of reality". I am working on figurative abstraction at the moment. I am starting what I hope is a new series based on life drawings I have been doing over the past couple of years. When I am in a life drawing class, there is a real body in front of me, flesh, bones, blood, organs etc. What I do with a piece of charcoal and a piece of paper is "represent" or "interpret" that body. I have now decided to have a go at producing some paintings directly from these drawings. In the process I want to "abstract" them. So we have the real thing, the interpretation of the real thing and the abstraction of that interpretation. Leaving aside the purpose of the abstraction for the time being, what is actually going on there? I know that people produce fine abstract work from a memory or an idea even but for me it does not seem to work in terms of the human figure. I am mulling over this as I paint so I just wanted to share it. Maybe nobody cares, lol. Why I am telling you this? And is anybody actually reading it? Why not share what you are thinking -- I will definitely read it even if no one else does.