Portraits & Passages

Chapter 24

PENUMBRA FACES 50

 

The condition for real experience is duration.   – Henri Bergson

Faces

When you come to think about it, the most profound experience is between two people. What I always come back to are the two faces sharing a space. That could  range from longing to a guarded distance, but whatever draws two people is what, after everything else passes, the substance of our lives.

What is critical is suspended in the pristine moment. This is pre-narrative, complete in itself. Wordless, the dialogue is psychic. Its anticipation held by eternity.

I’ve always thought so much of figurative painting so busy - all this Baroque pushing and pulling – it’s all so distracting! Let’s get rid of it and decide what’s  really important. In a way I’m much closer to Donald Judd than I am to almost any other artist. I like my principals to meet on a bare stage free of all but the most  essential, bathed only in light, and otherwise left deserted as if time itself was reduced to now. What matters is an atmosphere dense with privacy and  expectation. The meeting of two people in essence is the return to the primordial moment. It’s the clarity of that attraction that empowers the work with magic.

 

Potraits of Frumie and Golda, 2003

ellie lost calander copy 40
Margie Leven horizontal rectangle hands small

Margie, 1966, detail

JOANNA square 2006 70
agneshka 25
wayne square copy small
CHIMAERA small
ARTIST STANDING BY WOMAN IN WHITE SQ B20
JESSIE IN WHITE ARTIST HUMAN  GOOD SQUARE CLOSE AA17
DANIEL ABOVE ARTIST SITTING HAND GESTURE  SQ AA35
JOANNA TITLE DARK CROP SQUARE ARTIST APPROACHING UNCERTAIN A25

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