Original Image by Noah Freidman-Rudosky for the New York Times | Photo Composite

Lithium Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Der Blaue Reiter

“the art to come will give form to our scientific convictions. this art is our religion, our center of gravity, our truth. it will be profound enough and substantial enough to generate the greatest form, the greatest transformation the world has ever seen.” franz marc 1914

while living in my attic studio in sevilla spain, i came across a biography on wassily kandinsky. its author purported the story behind wassily's genesis of what the western world terms the beginning of modern art. after a day of landscape painting, he returned to his studio laying his canvases against the walls to dry. upon entering the studio the next morning, he struggled to recognize one of his canvases because it was oriented sideways (maybe even upside down). it was the nature of the abstract's immediacy, the inner necessity of this moment that began an intuitive, spiritually and scientifically symbolic series of works which thoughtfully developed into what later credits him as the father of western modern abstraction.

if the picture of reality shifted perpendicular to your line of sight, if all the forms you know as reality shifted even a little, all forms then become a choice again in how you assign them meaning. it is this momentary lapse of the conditioned into the permission of the conscious choice that brings the true art of creation as a filter ever-present within our collective/individuated thought processes and conception of what is.