Often I am drawn to the texture of the mediums, a sense of and appreciation of which you just cannot get from seeing two-dimensional pictures of art in books or online.
|Alfred Jensen "Reciprocal Relation, Per I, II and Per III, IV", 1969|
Oil on canvas
|I thought these were painted concrete.|
|I was so surprised that the texture was, in fact, paint!!|
Ok, so--Museums. Enjoy them, appreciate them, great way to spend an afternoon, right? Well, NEVER IN MY LIFE have I been so emotionally struck by a piece of art than I was when I came upon this one by Robert Rauschenberg at the Los Angeles MOCA recently.
|Robert Rauschenberg, "Interview", 1955|
OMG! How to describe it?? I entered the room. The piece was on the wall straight ahead. I can't say what it was in particular that spoke to me, but all of a sudden my hand moved from over my heart to over my mouth. I flushed, took in a shaky breath, and pinched my nose to hold back a sob! I slowly took in every inch of it from every angle. I honestly do not know what my connection was to this piece, but it was so deep, and so strong. My family, somewhat embarrassed, I think, speed-walked into the next gallery. But I didn't want to leave.
I wanted to crawl inside. I wanted to just sit in there and think about every element and detail. Now I want to study him, get to know him better. And maybe discover where this deep feeling of connectedness stems from.