Five Women by Alex Kats
Brand-New and Terrific
by Alex Katz
I would like my paintings to be brand-new without having to be pragmatic
about it, e.g. new colour for new art or anti-traditional ‘creative
forms’. A brand-new painting without much quality can be exciting but
there is nothing quite like a painting that is brand-new and terrific.
I have always found it difficult to pinpoint qualities that make
something new and lively, and something dull. I don’t think any
generalization on style as an esthetic can be of any help. Something
brand-new is a magical state, not an intellectually contrived situation.
If a painter is inspired by another painter and influenced by him, what
he takes or gets belongs to or is in the tradition of the other painter.
In other words, painting becomes traditional the instant what it gives
is returned. Some artists are both parties and are able to work in their
own tradition. Anyway, painting to be art has to give and take, and
painting that just takes is in the tradition of – and never in the
Eternity exists in minutes of absolute awareness. Painting when
successful seems to be a synthetic reflection of this condition. To be
aware I don’t believe one has to deny any previous experience. Yet to
believe in past experiences to the exclusion of the present is to miss a
possibility of being alive for a couple of minutes.
To communicate the condition of awareness into the traditional form of
painting is perhaps what I’m after.
Untitiled ( Flying Carpet) By Alex Kats