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Rise! Detail shot 2
Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor- Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now- For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Trying to get through some painters block but got some inspiration today from some really cool art I saw in NYC today.
Rodney Artiles, Tete, mixed media on paper. I have always been fascinated with outlines; profiles of people on well lit doorways, the silhouettes and floating heads on advertisements, on cameos, coins, stamps, and haloed figures in mideival paintings. The head in particular has come to have significant meaning to me as a symbol. By itself it relates ideas concerning the seat of consciousness, perception, thought, the mind, and the soul. In my paintings I use isolated images such as these because of their ability as symbolic communicators. I also have a fixation with the complex beauty of edges. I will often find myself absorbed in the hard edge juxtaposition of collage, quilts, mosaics, or patchwork of any kind. I find that differentiation (what makes one thing stand out to the next) is fascinating. We tend to record this as outline but something else happens at the edges of things. I think of each color as a vibration against the next. The whole canvas then can be seen as becoming a pattern of frequencies. I feel to understand these properties gives insight about the role they play in our visual memories, which aid in communication. I am sure that there is combination of shape and color that can move us and alter our moods and feelings. Exploring this combination, to me, is the art of painting. . . . . . #rodneyartiles #tete #head #drawing #workonpaper #artwork #contemporaryart #face