To me, art should be fun, perhaps even challenging at times, but it should always be simple. It should convey emotion and should not involve a difficult analytical or philosophical event for either the artist or the viewer.
Often, art commentators use too many concepts and downright drivel in analyzing artwork. One example is the description on the website of an internationally respected art foundation when discussing a 1966 work by Jo Baer whose minimalist art was a two paneled blank white canvas with two small lines bordering the otherwise completely empty white space. The commentator wrote:
“Perceptual effects also contribute to the painting’s curious play between infinite space and finite space: if the viewer alternates his or her focus, the white ground shifts between appearing like unbounded space behind the painted frame or a concentrated field bounded by its border.” In other words, all you can see is white with a small border.
In most crafts and professions, an expert is one who can describe their work in simple yet meaningful terms without hyperbole. Artist Karel Appel summarized one of his famous 1956 paintings as “I never try to make a painting; it is a howl, it is naked, it is like a child, it is a caged tiger. . . . My tube is like a rocket writing its own space.” In other words, he just allows the creative side of his brain to paint on canvas. I respect this view.
Thus, in homage to Mr. Appel and to poke fun at the famous foundation, I have painted Splat! (pictured at left). This masterpiece of self-expression is a highly involved work depicting the juxtaposition of light and the gouache yellow figure within the time/space continuum….or, stated in real terms, I splattered the canvas with one stroke of yellow beer-paint! I had absolutely no intention to create anything other than to just have and to poke fun!! By the way, I used Bridgeport Witch Hunt beer for this masterpiece of minimalist art!