By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz
Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of principles yet seem in its place as contemplative, intuitive symptoms. Her "floating abstractions," during which traces and loose bands of colour emerge virtually imperceptibly, will be reproduced basically with trouble. Her writings, at the different hand--although under no circumstances meant as programmatic statements--offer important readability relating to her personal works and poetic perception approximately paintings more often than not. on account 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 selecting herself along with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, saying that "the functionality of artwork is . . . the renewal of stories of moments of perfection." together with illustrations of her works, those texts--including lectures, tales recorded by means of critic Ann Wilson, passages ostensibly prepared in associative sequences, and "fragmentary ideas"--form an eloquent artist's assertion by means of the author of "silent paintings."
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When it says: "Yes, go ahead, this is the way", we feel happy. When it says: " You should not be here and you should not be doing this" . At those times we feel unhappy. Our problem is not that we do not see or hear the conscious mind but that we do not obey. When we see ourselves angry and the conscious mind is saying "No" we still go on. And when it says: " You should not go" we rationalize and say: "Everyone else is going". We knowingly disobey the conscious mind. In this life we are struggling from death into life.
We cannot make another move. Everything that we thought we could do we have done without result. We even give up all hope of getting the work and perhaps even the desire to have it. But we still go on without hope or desire or dreams or anything. Just going on with almost no memory of having done anything. Then it is not us. ~ Then it is not I. Then it is not conditioned response. Then there is some hope of a hint of perfection. Without hope there is hope. And without desire there is hope. We do not ever stop because there is no way to stop.
Small children are taken to the park for social play; sent to nursery school and headstart. But the little child sitting alone, perhaps even neglected and forgotten, is the one open to inspiration and the development of sensibility. ON THE PERFECTION UNDERLYING LIFE The process of life is hidden from us. The meaning of suffering is held from us. And we are blind to life. We are blinded by pride. Pride has built another structure and it is called "Life", but living the prideful life we are frustrated and lost.
Agnes Martin Writings by Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz