Friday, September 02, 2005

Simplify!

At the end of a great, concise essay on the Dan Flavin retrospective currently in Chicago (formerly at the National Gallery) Todd Gibson writes:
These two paths toward simplicity should serve as case studies for young artists today. Often it’s finding the essential kernel of the work and paring back everything but that—painfully difficult as it is to do—that leads to the development of a clear, unique, mature style.
I feel like I need to do that in my own work, but I'm not really sure where to start. I've talked a bit with JT Kirkland about how he moved from paintings to his wood pieces... anyone else out there want to share your story of how you "simplified" your work - how you got from point A to point X?

1 Comments:

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Josse said...

Thanks for the link. I like the idea of focusing in on one idea and mastering it. I went to a talk once with one of the color field painters and I left with the idea that he had distilled his work down to the essence of a few comments and then mastered those ideas from every concievable angle.

 

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