What is my ISM?
I was in Spain in 2016.
(I know how that sounds, and I still pinch myself
that I have had the amazing opportunities
to see the things I have)
Plug: I love Rick Steve tours -
many reasons, but I learn so much more
than I would wandering on my own.
Having a local tour guide tell me passionately
about the art on the wall, the history, the food...
It is worth EVERY penny. (and, no I didn't get paid to say that)
We toured the Prado museum (12th - 19th century art).
We admired the details
and the realism in EPIC paintings
that are taller than my house.
I love to see and understand (once again)
why all these artists made it into the art books.
No, that 2 x 3 black and white photo
doesn't do anything justice.
I got to really meet, Goya, Valezquez, El Grecko, Rubins, Titian...
they were all...
insert word from another language
because we don't have one that describes
how beautiful and hopeful
I felt looking at these creations.
They are amazing works of art that have changed me.
I pinch myself - that I got to see them...
That same day - we moved to the Sophia (20th century art)
As we entered the old insane asylum....
The wonderful local tour guide
explained modern art in a way no one has ever before
(at least to me)
It is simple.
We just spent the morning with masters of realism.
These artists painted larger than life
details to the hairs on heads of children.
Hours and time to get just the
right look to make the images look alive.
(realism... and I know it is not easy)
Our guide pulls out a toy...
a tiny camera.
This single device was introduced to the world.
It can create the fine details
that we just saw artists
spend lifetimes perfecting.
In one little "click".
And today, they are instant and everywhere.
the introduction of the camera (1814)
gives birth to Modern Art.
Art is no longer needed to capture every detail.
Modern Art is simply a reaction to the camera.
(my BFA trained mind BLOWN!!!.....)
In this one moment, this Spanish tour guide
just changed the way I look at modern art.
These big moments don't happen often.
What can I make that the camera can't capture?
a mood? a feeling? a crazy creature that nature would never produce?
This concept has rattled around
in my brain for several years now.
What is my ism?
What will be my response and reaction to the technology of today?
you can apply a filter in Instagram
to that photo that you took on your phone
that makes it look painted
and you can print it out 20 x 30 if you want.
Photoshop can move
and re-arrange the entire photo
to however you want it to be.
What the heck do I do with that?
I am a pretty abstract painter.
I haven't seen many round birds or circle trees around.
So I can go confidently painting my odd trees
with the strange circles and lines
that may be found under a microscope.
I will draw lines on the rhino
and add texture to these funky animals.
no camera can capture the imperfections I add to the page.
I am good at making those. in this big beautiful imperfect life.
no filter has been added that can suck the creatures from my brain.
I will let them out with my pen and paint.
The words to go with the art. Because Art doesn't speak for itself.