Against Interpetation

“In the final analysis, style is art. And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized, dehumanized representation.”   Susan Sontag


Curiosity and Judgment

Take a step to move towards a state of uncertainty. Uncertainty transitions us into a mode of exploration… Curiosity moves us away from judgment.

Post-it Note 10/13

Grabbed another page from Jess’s life drawing sketchbook to play with, another round of “Experimental Collaboration “. Looking at it now, there’s a bit of explanation that goes along with it. I chose this page because it had two separate poses superimposed over each other. It was chosen to see how two bodies can become a vin diagram of sorts… but I hadn’t noticed how the positioning of one of the hands had become accented and rather more lewdly suggestive than it originally appeared until after it was posted on social media. Still… I kind of like how it landed.

A Small Step Forward

Then I discover when you take a step forward, even a small step, the fear doesn’t exercise such a tight grip. It’s still there but it’s somehow reduced and you allow yourself to feel less of a helpless victim because ultimately it’s the sense of powerlessness that does you in.

David Park

There’s a alluring tug towards the patterns of the unspecific representation of a compositional fragment, the pulling from a live model the line, proportions, and shadows that define the form, and color swapping into an entirely different tonal range. When used in conjunction with cropping off the form, the figure becomes seen decidedly more as pattern than as narrative, working to stir something altogether different than if it strove more towards mimetic representation.

I don’t want to tell the viewer what to see, what I want is to learn to lead the viewer into a somatic experience. A gentle state of arousal.

A small step forward.