Saturday, January 23, 2010

Forest and Swamp -stage 5; painting and tradition

“If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change”. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

To revive and sustain Western painting we have to ask, "What is it for?" "Whose ends should it serve?" How to revive it will follow as a consequence.

Too many painters are replying to these questions with, "it should survive because it has a glorious tradition", or "because I like doing it," as if these were ends in themselves, neglecting the obvious fact that the tradition is a creation of express political and social purposes. With their reply comes asceticism and aesthetic obscurity.

How painting can compete with speedier, noisier media is another question. Perhaps the best way for it to cope is to use the new media and to try to use its slowness and reflectiveness as a means of increasing viewer attention and concentrations, offering painting as an alternative to the frequent superficiality of faster media.

1 comment:

  1. Speedier noiser but not more alive - oil painting is alive- maybe we don't want art that's alive anymore - maybe it doesn't suit our souls

    wonderful painting by the way