By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz
Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of principles yet look as a substitute as contemplative, intuitive indicators. Her "floating abstractions," during which strains and loose bands of colour emerge nearly imperceptibly, should be reproduced in basic terms with hassle. Her writings, at the different hand--although under no circumstances meant as programmatic statements--offer worthy readability concerning her personal works and poetic perception approximately artwork quite often. due to the fact its unique booklet in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a basic rfile for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of picking herself together with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, announcing 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 via critic Ann Wilson, passages ostensibly prepared in associative sequences, and "fragmentary ideas"--form an eloquent artist's assertion via the author of "silent paintings."
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The recall of these moments can be stimulated by freeing experiences including the viewing of works of art. Artists try to maintain an atmosphere of freedom in order to represent the perfection of those moments. And others searching for the meaning of art respond by recalling their own free moments. 74 ADVICE TO YOUNG ARTISTS The life of an artist is inspired, self sufficient and independent (unrelated to society). The direction of attention of an artist is towards mind in order to be aware of inspiration.
Our ideas - deductions made from observed facts of life, are of no u~e in the unfolding of potential. Only obedience to the conscious mind counts. That is like saying nly mspiration counts. plfation is a command. While you have a choice that is not piration. a decision is required that is not inspiration and you should not do anything by decision. It is simply a waste of time. Things done by decision even if it is a summit decision are in- ecn,'e and they will be undone. Only actions carried out in obedience to inspiration are effective.
It is because of this that we are so eager, so desperate for sleep. It penetrates all clear minds. People with such minds wake up eager to carry out the commands of inspiration. They feel energetic, enthusiastic and are happy at the prospect of life. They also feel contentment and spontaneous gratitude and are filled with the spirit of adventure. If you think all night or if you are drugged inspiration cannot penetrate. Then with reluctance you will be forced to live a life of habit. If during the day you can keep from intellectualizing your life and keep from dreams you will double your possibility of being inspired.