Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Art of Fred Hatt

'Beth' by Fred Hatt

The work of Fred Hatt reveals a wonderful understanding of the line. At first glance you see the form within the image and then you begin to see the lines that construct every aspect. The images are not flat. Lines flow across the entire piece but each line is tailored to its location. Darker dominant lines create structure and form. The lighter lines merge to create a partial illusion of flat color. There is gesture and excitement within the mark making and yet these beautiful small scale abstraction merge together to create a realistic image. 
 'Cross Pollination' by Fred Hatt 

In the image 'Cross Pollination' you can see the urgency within the mark making but it also reveals the high level of skill. There is certainty, confidence and within a small number of lines form is depicted. There is an understanding of the body and an understanding of its movement.

'Jeremiah' by Fred Hatt

Within images like 'Jeremiah' something visually complex is occurring at the micro level across the entire image. I find these small gestures fascinating. 

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Look to the Sky

 
'Look to the Sky' by Jina Wallwork
For one moment, you believe that you can hold everything inside. You have spent days pretending that everything is fine; while fooling yourself that you cannot see the worry in another's face. Then within a phrase that casually leaves the lips, someone reveals that they may understand. They reach inside and run their fingers along the emotions that you are trying to ignore. The sensation is overwhelming and in a final attempt to hold back the tears, you look to the sky. You know that if you look to the floor, tears will roll along the surface of your cheeks. So you hold them at bay for a final second. 
Then you accept it and you embrace crying as if it is all you know how to do. There is space for you to cry and there is someone to catch your tears. They hold you while you let it all out and they only let go when you do.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In the Wind

'In the Wind' by Jina Wallwork

The wind carries your breath along. It is a breath that has traveled inside you and then returned to the atmosphere. I breathe in and I ask myself what the possibilities are of inhaling air that has previously been inside you. With a shared planet, you can never be too far away.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Seascape

'Seascape' by Jina Wallwork

To sit next to the sea is a peaceful place. You can feel the sand between your toes, the warmth from the sun and a cool breeze. Everything is telling you to relax. The rhythm of the water as it meets the sand inspires you to be at peace, but there is anger in your bones. The world is not asking you to be angry. Every obstacle to peace has been removed. Still your mind roams and delivers problems that are far from your location. You want to see the beauty that surrounds you but it is coated in a haze of red.

Seeing red, being angry and not knowing how to let go. There is a struggle within, but it is impossible to fight for peace. You cannot demand tranquility; you cannot force its acquisition. You must let go of everything that is not tranquil. It is not an act of 'doing', it is an act of 'being'. You must become peace. Allow the red to disperse and feel the white light of inner calm to rise to the surface.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Black and Blue

'Black and Blue' by Jina Wallwork

It is a fight between two colors. They both try to dominate the other. They push and try to occupy the entire sheet of paper. Both want to be in control and the fight will reveal the victor. The result is the same as every other fight; no one wins and they simply end up, black and blue.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tree Loop

'Tree Loop' by Jina Wallwork

The Universe is playing games, again. I sit and watch the tree and everything is in place; perfect and normal. The Universe whispers that things could be different. It shows me how the leaves could alter their position, they could cluster into spheres and roll along the wind. They could loop, twist and create a new normality. I know the Universe is powerful and for a moment I believe it can change itself. But the whisper becomes laughter and I realize the joke. The Universe chose to be nurturing to our development. It cannot choose to be less loving. A change in its nature would be a lesson that is far beyond our growth.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Distant Sky

 'A Distant Sky' by Jina Wallwork

This painting features many moons. Each possesses its own gravitational pull, to urge you to take a journey and travel to a place unknown. There you can sit beneath a distant sky. Each moon represents a possible location and the shapes below represent an abstracted landscape that exists within the imagination. To question the landscape and imagine its shape, when you have not walked along its surface. To know that something is calling you and it exists under a distant sky.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Justice and Life's Purpose

Justice lecture 10 by Harvard University

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According to Aristotle, justice is matching your skills to the role. An objection was sighted that you could not choose roles for yourself. The question was asked, where is your freedom if you are placed in a position where you cannot choose your own life's purpose?

Aristotle recognized that you could not be coerced into a role because if you are forced, it is a sign that it is unnatural. So a life purpose is not being thrust upon you, it is being decided by your nature and abilities. The freedom to choose may seem diminished in that; I could not choose to be the world's greatest singer with a voice that offends the ears. However, isn't it the greatest of freedoms to be who you really are? Not to choose to become someone else and to posses their skills but to revel in your own. A life purpose based upon your nature would always be appropriate. If that's disappointing, then it's because you have forgotten the magic within your true nature. The only way to get it back is by drifting into roles that are not appropriate. Through attempting to be someone you're not; you discover the joy in being yourself.

Justice by Harvard University http://www.justiceharvard.org/
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