By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz
Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of principles yet seem as a substitute as contemplative, intuitive symptoms. Her "floating abstractions," within which strains and unfastened bands of colour emerge virtually imperceptibly, could be reproduced in simple terms with trouble. Her writings, at the different hand--although on no account meant as programmatic statements--offer important readability concerning her personal works and poetic perception approximately paintings ordinarily. due to the fact that its unique booklet in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a basic rfile for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of deciding on herself together with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, announcing that "the functionality of artwork is . . . the renewal of thoughts of moments of perfection." together with illustrations of her works, those texts--including lectures, tales recorded via critic Ann Wilson, passages ostensibly prepared in associative sequences, and "fragmentary ideas"--form an eloquent artist's assertion by means of the writer of "silent paintings."
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It is commonly believed that accomplishment follows dreams. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those who dream dream and those who can act are active. The pretence of children is not a dream. They are playing and they know it. uS Children make a perfect response to life. They see everything as beautiful and perfect, often telling their parents how beautiful and wonderful they are. Children always love their parents with perfect love regardless of what the parents are like. They have to learn to bear frustration which makes them seem unhappy at times.
I hope that it is quite plain that I am not moralizing, but simply describing some of the states of mind that are a hazard in solitude. Sometimes through hard work the Dragon is weakened. The resulting quiet is shocking. The work proceeds quickly and without effort. But anytime the Dragon may rouse himself and then one is driven from the studio. If he can then have a good contest with someone else he is thoroughly aroused and the next day he will go on and on about his victories round and round in the mind.
Experiences recalled are generally more satisfying and enlightening than the original experience. It is in fact the only way to know one's whole response. To illu strate recall 1 will quote Wordsworth on ha ving seen daffodils . " The straight forward path, as we so often have been warned, is extremely hard to maintain. Only joyful discoveries count. If you are not making them you are not moving. Now let us turn to abstract response, the response that we make in our minds free from concrete environment.