A couple more photographs related to my October 16, 2014 blog entry “Inside Any Museum.”
When I’m in any museum I end up spending part of the time watching people look at art. Some do the nonstop shuffle going from gallery to gallery. Others read all the educational materials before they dare study the artwork. Some seem to look at art only if it has a sitting area in front of it. And then there are those who glance at art in between checking their smart phones. (But those who must stay connected to a phone should talk outside the gallery).
The more I’m in museums the more I realize there is no single best way to spend time looking at art. Those who go to museums go for a variety of reasons. Almost any reason is good enough. Must you have a reason at all? When I’m in any museum I’m reminded of how complex we human beings are. Just look at the art or watch those looking at it and you’ll see what I mean.
Sunday’s Praying Mantis*
Yes I do see you on that window.
You’re outside looking in.
You’re watching we two-legged beings
process down the church aisles
while glancing out the windows.
Somehow you’ve always known
God’s out there waiting, with you.
So now you’re both pulling the weekly joke.
Yeah, yeah I know…
Look at us now inside this place again
counting the minutes
until we can wander outside
just like you two have always done.
See you soon!
Gregory Zeorlin 10/13/14 11:34am
*(A reoccurring fleeting thought while inside a church).
Regardless of what artists create, at some point it’s just an inanimate object or concept. Paintings, sculptures and photographs have no pulse, no breath…no real internal life. This also applies to poetry, music and film. A poem is a list of words. A song, a collection of notes. A movie is a series of stills. Of course dancers and singers could be momentary exceptions to the “heartless arts.” The movements in dance reveal the heart at work. And the heart is alive as the singer sings a song. But, once the singer’s voice is silent the song becomes a list of words and a collection of notes. At an analytic level, a dance or ballet becomes a series of planned moves. All of this might make you think I’m a cold artist. But, I’m not.
The “life” we often project into some form of art actually reflects our own. The “heart” we sense in any art form is ours. Isn’t it amazing how an inanimate (and truly heartless) work of art can make the human heart beat so differently?
My need for making art has to do with the ways it can make our hearts beat differently. While a steadily beating heart is good, it’s wonderful when the heart quickens due to encountering paintings, sculptures, music, poetry and more…All of the things which make we humans confounding forms of warm flesh complete with beating hearts. Would we be cold analytic humans without the arts in our society? Probably.
Well…You can view my “heartless” art at ZeorlinArt.com. :)
“The more I work in the studio the more I realize I’m not racing other artists. I’m not trying to produce more art or show and sell more art than other artists. The art I make is about the life I live. Rather than racing, I’m trying to slow down and notice more of what is right in front of me. But daily routines make it easy to ignore remarkable moments. Some days are just a series of distractions and unanswered questions. This mix of chaos, order, mystery and logic defines my art. My challenge is to keep an ongoing curiosity about the world which then enables my art to evolve. Art reveals something about the maker as well as the collector.”*
*(This is from my Artist Statement. Click here to read the entire Artist Statement at ZeorlinArt.com).
Here’s a studio shot of “Veil 236.” This mixed and digital media painting is from my Veil Series paintings. I consider each painting in the series a visual meditation.
An open-ended title is given to each painting to avoid overly directing the viewer’s thoughts and impressions. If I titled this painting “I Screamed At The Sky” instead of “Veil 236″ you might view the piece differently. The influence a title has on a work of art, song, poem, etc. is something not to take lightly. I could just number each painting for less influence on how a piece is viewed. Please note that the number after the main title (Veil) is for identification purposes. The number does not indicate a date or order of completion. I realize even the simple title “Veil” will influence how others see this art. What impressions does this painting give you? Does a title come to mind?