Archive for March, 2009

Answer these questions clearly or do not pass go:

March 29, 2009


Ditching certain locating devices, like the closed system operations of GPS or Map Quest or my cell phone i begin to loose my efficiency to operate.  The quickness with which i can move through time.  I lose sight of an end goal and allow all possible locations near and far to be my end point.  I lose my accuracy, i may use all my sensibilities in attempt to foresee my end point but human error weighs on my senses. I become easily lost.  But if efficiency, accuracy and and end are not my goals, then i embrace a journey of peaceful meanderings; being affected, wondering, and growing, at all i encounter.


Specifically in using locating devices:

We gain efficiency, directness, facileness, rapidity of motion, time, and accuracy.  What we lose are awareness of place; observation or evidence recorded of the journey (moving too fast to stop and do this);  A loss of heightened sensations (only noticed when one is moving slowly and takes their time); the injection of the unknown which may help us discover new modes of efficiently moving on our own; We lose confidence in our innate senses and and overall loss of self reliance.  

In other words we gain speed and accuracy but loose a larger sense of place and self.  By plugging into a thing that is not a part of ourselves, we are allowing something that can be turned on or off to direct our movements.  We are pressured to come to an end, to get there quickly and succinctly.  This is different than honing our own internal sense of direction, from wandering around gathering information until we find our own way.  Being directed or dominated by something outside of ourselves has benefits yet at the cost of loosing our personal internal sensibilities.

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March 12, 2009


March 9, 2009

Sometimes attempting to understand stops one dead in their tracks.  It initiates a paralyzing and cyclical thought process that must be injected with considerations from the outside.  It is where this impulse to understand hits you, the place that gives one the ability to stand outside in order to see inside more clearly that is of interest to me.  I believe it is in becoming connected to the shifting features and patterns of this place that one can better attempt to understand the features and patterns of new understandings.  It is the intimate expression that emerges in between these physical and cognitive spaces that shine light on the significance of life. 

 The outside that I am truly referring to is the land.  In the past the land has been able to be directly seen and experienced.  Faraway lands were read and written about, and dreams provided the creative space for futuristic geographic elements still elusive to sight.  Today, connecting with a landscape includes subconscious scenes resonating from TV, the computer and Internet.  Now, my direct experience and observation of the urban island landscape I inhabit on Peaks Island exists in the midst of all of these ways of seeing, perpetuated by the multiple perspectives of today’s technology.  It is this silent and surreptitious influence of indirect realities on my direct reality that makes the resulting painted landscape features at once familiar and foreign.  

It is from this new unknown, translated, enhanced, and exotic reality that depicts features of the landscape, which we must now draw meaning from to understand the painting and ourselves.  It is through an intimate, non-objective process between painting and painter / painting and viewer that a response-ability and reciprocity within nature emerges and from which understanding may follow.