21 Feb

Atmospheric Attunements

“A life’s trajectories traverse the materializations of a scene or a pulsation.”

“But in any present moment there is always something to attune to…”

“In a situation, things hanging in the air are worth describing.”

“The senses sharpen on the surfaces of things taking form.”

Atmospheric Attunements, Kathleen Stewart (2011)

13 Aug

Reinhardt on Abstraction vs. Illustration

“We don’t have to dwell on what a picture is – it has subject matter, tells some story, is photographic or cinematographic, and sometimes is just plain hand-painted.  The best and most effective pictures can be found in magazines and movies.  If an artist is concerned with communication and a larger public, he should get a job in some mass-publishing or picture industry.

A painting however, is still a relatively private, individual activity, and its freest most abstract form is not concerned with communicating specific information or subject matter.  Because it is universal, unhistorical, and independent of everyday existence doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any meaning.  Some people think that if a painting doesn’t have a subject or isn’t a picture, then it doesn’t have meaning.  This just isn’t true.”

17 Jul


The space of the west, growing up in Eastern Oregon.