Last weekend was fun. On Saturday afternoon we made it over to CMOA and to our delight, there were many upgrades. Not just with new art but the galleries themselves looked great. It was well worth the visit! We are also super excited for the Carnegie International and all the inspiration that always comes along with it.
This trip to CMOA was not without new inspirations.
Number 4, 1950
Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas
We love letting a Pollock grab ahold and wrap us up in all its remarkable madness. And “Number 4” is no different, with so much to discover. It literally appears to vibrate with intensity. I was reminded of an article I recently read about the restoration of Pollock's painting Number 1, 1949. At The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. conservator Chris Stavroudis has been hard at work restoring and discovering some amazing things...bees and cigarettes?
We were drawn to some latex that had puddled and dried into a wonderful little textural element that looks like sound vibration through liquid, frozen in that precise moment. Haphazardly flung latex that as it dried, evolved into a beautiful and maybe accidental few inches of canvas? Could be, especially when one considers some of the items found in a Pollock. All we know is it inspires us to push our mediums further and further still. Minus the stray cigarettes.
I am also reminded of a Pollock quote: “Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.”
Abstracts do confront you. Sometimes very boldly right then and there. They command your attention and nudge you to make some sense of what’s before you. There is no beginning or end to the abstract, there is only that nudge that asks again and again, what do we have here?
Have the most colorful of days!
Casey and Angela
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