By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz
Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of ideas yet look in its place as contemplative, intuitive indicators. Her "floating abstractions," within which traces and unfastened bands of colour emerge virtually imperceptibly, may be reproduced in simple terms with trouble. Her writings, at the different hand--although by no means meant as programmatic statements--offer worthy readability concerning her personal works and poetic perception approximately paintings commonly. given that its unique booklet in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a primary rfile for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of opting for 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 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 writer of "silent paintings."
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It is not possible to overthrow pride. It is not possible because we ourselves are pride, Pride the Dragon and Pride the Deceiver as it is called in mythology. But we can witness the defeat of pride because pride cannot hold out. Pride is not real, so sooner or later it must go down. When pride in some form is lost we feel very different. We feel the victory over pride, and we feel very different being for a few moments free of pride. We feel a moment of perfection that is indescribable, a sudden joy in living.
This is a very long process. If we say that we do not have pride and fear that is one of pride's deceptions, because we are all conditioned in pride and fear. Now we must consider the idea of Power because without freedom we cannot make our full response. With the idea of power in our minds we are subject to that power. If you believe in it, then it exists for you and you are naturally subject to it. 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.
Everyone has memories of adventures within the mind, strange and pleasant memories, but not everyone is aware of adventures within the mind when they happen. I want to recommend the exploration of mind and the adventures within in the mind. It takes so much time, that is the difficulty. It is so hard to slow down to the pace where it is possible to explore one's mind. And then of course one must go absolutely alone with not one thought about others intruding because then one would be off in relative thinking.
Agnes Martin Writings by Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz