6 thoughts on “‘Hubbub’

  1. I realize that ‘flatness’ is a weird compliment, and maybe not appropriate if I saw it in real life, but here.. it works remarkably well!

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    • ‘flatness’ is good in my book. I am avoiding creating too much space. I find that as soon as there is too much depth it gets rather ‘psychedelic’. I want the paintings to have a ‘dumbness’ about them.

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      • interesting, what is the ‘dumbness’? I like it, but am interested in hearing where that comes from for you..

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      • I cannot claim it as my own, it came from a friend of mine who is also a painter and has been a big influence on me and my thinking http://www.stephenpark.co.uk
        perhaps it as a stepping away from sophistication and earnestness . Philip Guston could be a good example of this? I feel a little shakey on my feet talking about this as I may not have formed my thoughts clearly yet. keywords may be:
        Honesty
        simplicity
        clarity
        humility
        comedy
        ?
        I love the work of Jessica Stockholder, she is fearless about what materials she uses and how to assemble it. The use of a plastic watering can may be considered dumb? It’s a flouting of all those machismo concerns and emotionality of Abstract Expressionism.

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      • thank you for this honest and thought out response.. it is interesting to consider.. brings to mind a lot of things which come about initially as just words; but which are all very packed with meaning and problematics of their own, these include:
        feminine
        primitive

        at least the things associated with those words in a conservative art history…

        i get your anti-machismo concerns..
        what do you think about work that speaks against something else.. like, if we are doing something in response to a dominant thing… are we giving it excessive power? not a criticism, just something i think about a lot… anyway.. nice work and thanks for your explanations/ dialogue … i will look up the names you mentioned.

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