Interpreting the Painting – Advice #5353

Posted on December 28, 2011


The past hangs crooked on the wall, a painting bought at some yard sale or created with a blind fold. The painting is about the past. All paintings are about the past.  Begin to ask questions. Point at the figures wildly and say, was this one real? What about that one? And that one there?  This is not effective, though. To get a true feeling for the past the surveyor of art needs to think in terms of distance. I am such and such distance from my 10th birthday, but I am much closer to my 30th. But then a divergence. Wait, was that person real? A finger pokes the canvas. What about that one there? Another poke. And that one? We keep these artifacts to trap the past and to think about it abstractly. No one can remember correctly, anymore. And where are we? It is difficult to remember. What? Where? 2011. 2012? One should remember that art is subjective. Remember to say that as the gallery guard pulls you from the studio space. Perhaps you shouldn’t touch the art. Perhaps you should tear the paintings apart and dine on the canvas. Next time.


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