:: Vitality Of Painting ::

Shape    Soul    Ubiquity    Swift    Liminal    Out There    Vitality    Beyond    Evo Beauty

:: 2016 :: 25cm x 35cm :: Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas ::

Kazimir Malevich's 'Black Square' represents for me perhaps the most lucid yet hopeless expression of the deep pessimism and masochism within Modernist art, which has remained continuously present in many contemporary art movements down to the present day. This symptomatic pessimism I take to be an unconscious and implicit recognition that Modernism and Postmodernism are not so much "admissions of what is no longer possible" in art, but that they themselves are impossible without considerable ideological rehearsals and pseudo-religious 'orthodoxy checks' because they are founded upon images of the human mind and culture which are demonstrably false.

I consider painting as an artistic practice to be as vital today as it ever was: indeed it has remained vital and capable of both novelty and depth even as its demise was being trumpeted. Thus, in 2016, I produced a small work called 'White Field: 101 Years After Malevich' (see below) as an expression of this optimism, and as a reaction against Malevich's empty pessimism. This artwork is an extension of that optimistic view: an artist places 'White Field' in the corner of a room in the same manner that Malevich originally intended his 'Black Square' to be exhibited.

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Black Square Malevich

Kazimir Malevich, 'Black Square' (1915)

White Field

White Field: 101 Years After Malevich (2016)

 

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