Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cubist Musings


Gilding yesterday, and completing The Infinite Tiredness Of Ageing. Today I've underpainted Self Portrait As Dreamer. It didn't take as long as expected but perhaps too long to then paint the companion piece, Self Portrait As Dream.

Today I've considered many innovations. Fundamentally cubism is aesthetic and tries to represent the images of objects, and thus is an externalisation of mental impressions. Cubism seeks to transmit image data, not ideas - apart from those contained in the image data(!) but even then the ideas are even less lucid than non-cubist equivalents. Consider the myriad interpretations of a Vermeer lyre player. A cubist lyre player has less intellectual content. By using abstraction, the object was simplified in all ways (except in aesthetic ways; the picture looked prettier). Today I noticed that cubism and abstraction are not necessarily associated, even if Picasso always associated them. It appears that Picasso had the skill but didn't have the patience to paint finely. It is quite possible to represent complex impressions using non-abstracted cubism, a sort of photo-cubism. Abstraction is an essential component of all art, and neurology, but abstraction even in visual art need always not be visual. Fundamentally, for example, I paint abstracted ideas.

Enough musing. Tomorrow I'm off to Birmingham to drop off a picture for the RBSA Prize Exhibition, perhaps paint the Self Portrait As Dream too, or parts of it.

7 comments :

-Don said...

Cool painting, Mark.

...and interesting musings. Keep those abstracted ideas coming - in paint, in music and in words.

-Don

hwfarber said...

Nice work.

I'm glad there's no test tomorrow on the musings of Mark Sheeky!

PAMO said...

Love the self portrait! Your skill is reMARKable.
Wonder if Picasso had any idea his paintings would be so valuable in future time?
Sounds like your energy level is back.

Kathy said...

Wonderfully interesting painting and skillfully rendered, as always. Your discussion of cubism is insightful and opens the door to many questions. Are there really any clear divisions? Do these applied labels represent absolutes or proportions and degrees? Hmmm....

Sheila said...

I love when artists are able to render expertly what their imagination shows them. I love the soft background. It compliments the cool and still silhouette.

PAMO said...

Mark- my new blog address is http://pamoblog.blogspot.com . Please come by when you can- I'd love to have you there.
Pam

Mark Sheeky said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. Pam; I'm on to it now :)