By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz
Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of ideas yet seem as an alternative as contemplative, intuitive symptoms. Her "floating abstractions," during which traces and unfastened bands of colour emerge virtually imperceptibly, will be reproduced simply with hassle. Her writings, at the different hand--although under no circumstances meant as programmatic statements--offer priceless readability relating to her personal works and poetic perception approximately paintings commonly. for the reason that its unique ebook in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a basic rfile for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of making a choice on herself together 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 thoughts 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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There is a purpose in our lives and it is in operation every minute. When we are right on the track we are rewarded with joy. We can know the whole truth with a request to our minds. If we are completely without direction we can withdraw and our minds will tell us the next step to take. 99 WHAT WE Do NOT SEE IF WE Do NOT SEE We all believe in life. We feel a certain devotion. \\"'e feel called upon to live as good a life as we can. We feel that we are in the dark and that even in darkness we must struggle to know what is best to do.
We must surrender the idea that this perfection that we see in the mind or before our eyes is obtainable or attainable. It is really far from us. We are no more capable of having it than the infant that tries to eat it. But our happiness lies in our moments of awareness of it. The function of art work is the stimulation of sensibilities, the renewal of memories of moments of perfection. There is only one way in which artists can serve this function of art. There is only one way in which successful works of art can be made.
But in reality there is no power anywhere. Speaking of physical power: water power is in reality that element following its natural course downhill even though it may flow through a dynamo. There is no entity that may be termed power just by itself. In the psychological field: still considering power we encounter one of our most troublesome concepts, the idea of authority and obedience. Using the parent-child situation as a base it is generally believed that those in authority are on top and those in obedience below.
Agnes Martin Writings by Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz