At the Pinakotek der Modern I spent a lot of time in front of this painting. One of the annoying comments I heard was, “I could do that.” Could you really? Where would you start? This piece looks like you could break it down fairly easily in how the artist created it. This piece is massive and is several canvases put together. But is it really the point that you could do that?
I see this and the word that comes to my mind is “daunting”. What would it take to paint this? Was the canvas laying down on the floor? Or did he need a ladder? How big was the brush? How often did he have to go back and reload the brush with black paint? And where did he start? Did he have a plan or did this come out? Is it loosely based on an image or is it completely random?
To me this piece represents that big idea looming around in your head, the task of creating and it putting it out there. There’s so much of it that is a mess, that’s dark and not quite visible, it doesn’t quite make sense till we put it down on canvas.
What big idea do you have that’s forming in your head? What is coming out of the dark corners of your brain? How will you get it out into the world? Do you think the effort is worth it? How many people look at this painting and think it doesn’t belong being called art? Does that matter?
I see this and I feel like my dreams are valid. Maybe it won’t make sense to others, maybe someone with think it’s stupid and useless BUT someone else thought this idea was worthy of being in a museum. You can’t know the effects of what you want to create until you put it out there. Do it. The impact you have is unfathomable.
Do you know what this piece is called? “1960 New Year Wall, Night” it’s by Franz Kline. Do you think he intended me to go off on a self absorbed tangent about my creative process with this? I don’t think so. I think it’s just a mess of lines to study. The biographies I read about Franz Kline say he didn’t like to add hidden meanings to his work but we as the viewers do.
Isn’t that interesting? The impact a few lines have. What kind of impact can you have? I think one of our limitations is when we put down criteria for what we do. Will this make money? Will it refine my resume? Will it make me a better person? Does it really matter? Do you want to do it? Then just try. Play. Experience. Feel. Enjoy.
I’m talking about all the simple things. It doesn’t even have to be a project or you don’t even have to finish it. Take that class, lay outside in the grass, color, try a new recipe, test drive a car your not ready to buy, try out that sport, move to a new country, yeah, you can think big. Do it.
What is taking shape in your brain?