Evolution of the Mask Series – Part 2

“Silhouettes” is a pre-conceived portray. The other was true of the next art work. At first was the thought, and the thought was simply to make one thing huge. So I bought three pretty massive canvasses and let the paint do its job in main me.

The underpainting outlined an eye fixed that spans and unites all three canvasses, which isn’t any much less symbolical than the vertical consideration of the identical define. These underlying symbols collectively created essentially the most fertile situations for different concepts to come up as every brush stroke grew to become a life in itself. The “life-lines” all affected one another on canvas with a ripple impact that diverse by response and both went via lots of of different brush strokes or light into silence in a a lot shorter sequence.

Introducing totally different predominant colors to separate every a part of the triptych result in the alternative and created new connections between them. The petals of paint slowly grouped into shapes that jogged my memory of the types that I’ve seen earlier than within the “Eclectic,” “Yellow,” “Gold” and “Pink” work. So I’ve performed alongside. I assumed that there could be three masks, but, there have been solely two. They had been cut up as they grew from one canvas onto the subsequent – one between crimson and inexperienced, one between inexperienced and blue. Like two eyes on the identical face which have barely totally different views. They lengthen over canvasses like notion of actuality extends far over the image that our eyes understand at any given second. And on this bigger perspective I grasped the that the preliminary considered “huge” has led me to one thing actually small.

A tiny “RGB Pixel,” two masks, three work. One triptych that hints at the potential of the not possible; that seemingly tries to show that three equals two equals one. It succeeds in a method. It’s the masks of that second after I think about doing one thing grand and on the peak of grandeur the opposite facet of the coin hits me like a rock and I notice that it was a mirage – it’s not more than a single pixel of which I would want thousands and thousands to painting even a matchbox. It is a feeling of a faithful scientist, when all life’s work will get disproved straight away and turns into simply one other outdated scientific principle. Consoling is that it could have paved the best way for one thing else.

The “RGB” portray has proven me {that a} laissez-faire angle to color is fruitful in my semi-abstract case. The implication of much less management over the evolution of the picture intrigued me.

The thought was that perfection is a flaw, it could be someplace ultimately and to start with of the universe – a state of complete unity in a single unmeasurable second earlier than the Massive Bang. We’re removed from it and may solely attempt to grasp fact inside the limitations of cause. So why not let it stream?

An excellent crimson stream so brilliant and glowing, sizzling like lava cooled down and solidified all of the traces of its motion – simply sufficient for a brand new layer of marvelous, clear blue to look on the floor just like the oceans on earth that after being vapor changed into a brand new liquid state. A yellow stream grew to become the catalyst for the shapes and types to look, in addition to, inexperienced hues. The underlying crimson reemerged, combined with yellow and created a form that in my creativeness resembles a masks arising from the chaos, which is countered by the orderly definitions of the black line. This evolution gave rise to the “Imperfect Conscience”.

By this time I’ve already been engaged on one other portray from this sequence for a number of months. Every layer was outlined by a coloration scheme that mirrored one other portray from this sequence that I labored on in parallel. This gradual, sluggish, affected person course of created a rising variety of reiterations of this character and from the onset it was clear to me that it will be very totally different one. The unifying, underlying idea of a clearly outlined “openness” of the earlier works on this sequence appeared undermined because the “flesh and blood” of this portray obtained hidden deeper and deeper underneath rising numbers of layers. This portray took on the contextual traits of the “Veiling” sequence that principally opposes the “Unmasking” because it visually blurs an art work’s theme past recognition into seeming abstraction. An hypocritical transfer for a member of the “Unmasking” household that must shed some mild on what one might be, nevertheless, one might also be an impostor – similar to Moliere’s “Tartuffe”:

“There is a huge distinction, so it appears to me,

Between true piety and hypocrisy:

How do you fail to notice it, might I ask?

Is just not a face fairly totally different from a masks?”

And who am I to hinder the evolution of paint on canvas and, extra importantly, the evolution of thought? It’s past my energy and on the finish of the day I’m the viewer and my function is reworked, as properly. So now I have a look at “Tartuffe” as the primary bridge-mask between two opposing concepts – one which veils its nature and fact method deep, and one other that lays all of it naked with a single line. However it’s by no means what I see.

In a method, this intermingling of the opposites was like an act of aggression of 1 thought versus one other, a philosophical fight that left each individuals tarnished and any implication of purity – destroyed. However typically in our lives (these of you which have raised or are elevating children might relate) we need to be pure, calm, reasonable to create a easy setting for the subsequent era to develop and thrive from the primary days of their lives. In all senses we create pastel colored partitions.

“Intra Muros” is the masks that hides inside these pastel colored partitions, because the title blatantly implies. The edgy, the spiky, the tough, the aggressive, the acute, the anxious, the fearing, the million different issues go to relaxation there for some time. There are a lot of symbols that you could distinguish relying upon the lighting, however it’s the blurring impact that I would like now. The highest layer is carried out within the method, as in “Tartuffe,” however – no double requirements or hypocrisy. Some issues are simply higher left unsaid – so folks assume very often, I suppose.

This jogs my memory of Franz Kafka, since he constructed such partitions round lots of his works by not publishing them and meaning to destroy all of his unpublished writings. However, we more than likely learn about Kafka solely as a result of these partitions had been demolished and his works have been printed opposite to his needs after he died.

Watch out, what you would like for, as a result of neither you, nor I – no one is ideal – thus the title of this portray impressed by Franz Kafka – “Nikdo Není Dokonalý.” The title is in Czech to offer credit score to his heritage. However just a few phrases about this portray should be mentioned in German – the language that Kafka used for writing:

Der Prozess lief über die Buchzeilen auf die Leinwand stundenlang ohne Pause hinaus ohne den Ok. sogar für einen Second um einen Schluck Wasser zu trinken loszulassen als seine Kehle wegen der dicker, gehitzter und mit Lösmitteln aus der Farbe gefüllter Luft austrocknete. Die Verwandlung des Bildes conflict schon so stark vorangekommen dass nicht mal ein Echo des Ausgangspunktes in Erinnerungen hinter den Figuren der Abspaltungen des Selbstbewusstseins noch zu sehen conflict – ohne Anfang und, was als viel schrecklicher zu sein erschien, ohne Ende. Wie sadomasochistische Hungerkünstler, die ihr Lebenssinn in Erschaffung eigener Machtlosigkeit in einer Welt, die all mögliche Freiheiten für den Willigen zu bieten scheint, suchen und damit immer wieder scheitern, finden diese Figuren höchstphilosophischen Sinn und Befriedigung durch in eigenen Köpfen eingerichtete Foltermaschinen, deren Zweck ist ein grausames Elend so extrem, schmerzvoll, lang wie möglich voranzuziehen und den Tod niemals zur Erlösung werden zu lassen. Ein Teufelskreis aus Wiedergeburten in dieselben Schuhe conflict sein Urteil.

Let’s transfer on, although. New day, new masks, new starting, new creation that stems from roots, that are robust, large and deep, planted with bitter tears to let the tree’s crown develop thick and excessive, flourish and bear essentially the most fantastic of fruits.

The masks of “Lacrimae Rerum” – phrases from Virgil’s Aeneid – the work that laid the seed of nationwide identification, which turned the city-state, Rome, into one of the highly effective empires in human historical past. Ethereal embodiment of angst with out object for its dread, and sorrow with out object of pity, dictates the sharpness of the road and shapes this portray. Hope opens the door to the consciousness at a second of an inside battle between creativeness and notion of actuality, love and hate, delight and gloom, doom and blessing. The pure tears that lie at coronary heart of issues mark the daybreak of knowledge, indomitable braveness and resilience in life’s fights defying destiny and human foolishness.

“Lacrimae Rerum” reintroduces extremely outlined strains into the Masks sequence and performs with the quantity three: There are three strains, to be actual; There must be three eyes, as properly, however certainly one of them we can’t see. The third eye is current; There are three colours.

Somebody instructed me that the thick strains right here appear to seize a demon. Or they captured time – the previous, the current and the long run. How far we have come… How far we’re… How far we’ll go… I might argue that the one infinite of those is now. When taking a look at this portray now, from a viewer’s perspective, it evokes quite a few correlations to some nice artworks from the previous in its personal method. Time, actually, performs some type of a task right here. Most significantly, the considered defining a masks and its context with three freehand strains opened a brand new dimension on this sequence. I used to be fascinated and translated these strains into extra work…

The primary layer of this portray was Ultramarine blue. It was stunning, even, calming, however I needed that I had actual Afghan Lapis Lazuli to rub it into pigment and patiently mix it with the best oil to see the true coloration that each paint producer tries to mimic. This pure blue abstraction acquired some extra hues and barely jogged my memory of one other portray I did some time in the past – an summary “Cityscape” that can also be a sq. meter piece. Therefore, I got down to rework it, as a result of I don’t take pleasure in portray something that resembles what I’ve seen already.

Right here the strains got here in helpful to chop into abstraction at its best. At first I had a heavy coronary heart, after I actually carved strains into the summary (underneath)portray ripping its floor, destroying it like a vandal. However this was a fleeting feeling for just some days till the paint dried and I noticed the sense in what I’ve finished… All of it was to attract “a drop of coronary heart’s blood of Mom Earth.” And this translucent, brilliant, blood-red coloration shines like a flowing river of the Dawn Ruby. The “Ruby” masks appeared upon a mattress of Sapphire, Emerald, Citrine, Garnet, Jade and Moonstone.

The place there are treasured gems, there ought to be treasured metals to kind a setting, or on their very own. Coincidentally, the identical day that I’ve painted one canvas blue that changed into the “Ruby,” I’ve painted one other canvas gold. The preciousness in these first phases it that I actually wish to see a recent single coloration discipline portray to revitalize thought, to take a step again and nil within the scale on one thing new.

However the line grew to become a dictator that compelled its grip over one more canvas and didn’t even take into consideration letting me unfastened. And I used to be very happy about it.

What that led to was one thing totally different, once more. It got here to be a fiery, curly, passionate, considerably narcissistic, highly effective and monumental masks, but, balanced, graphic and outlined. A tragic hero. Impressed and provoking, ready and nice in his personal proper, however with many faults and ultimately – not in management. A Caesar, however not an Emperor, like Flavius Claudius Crispus – the primary son and execution sufferer of dictator/Emperor Constantine. Therefore I referred to as this portray “Crispus.”

Roman historical past and that of the ruling class, particularly the Caesars’ and Emperors’ households is filled with brutality, deceit, intrigues, every kind of grime like a cesspool. One might argue that it is the similar in lots of governments all over the world as we speak. I hope it isn’t. At the very least there are fewer hereditary ruling constructions and there’s no want for brothers to kill one another to seize the ability from the ailing father after which in just a few years kill a few of their very own youngsters to make sure that the favorite one will get the crown. It should have been tough.

Are you able to even think about these “Three Brothers From Completely different Moms” preventing one another like they’re Caesars – the Emperor’s heirs – till two are torn to items and burned into ashes and the third one survives, however a bit ripped needing to be sewn again collectively? I do not even need to. All of them could be ineffective ultimately – even the surviving one. Who would admire a ripped, torn and tarnished portray that’s only a third of the art work? Possibly in two thousand years, however we can’t dwell to see that.

“Three Brothers From Completely different Moms” are in good condition and well-balanced, steady of their minds. They’re huge and look improbable. They offer the sport with quantity three one other twist. It’s a triptych – three colours and three shapes differentiate the three canvasses, three layers on every half, three strains that kind three masks in three other ways, mixed they miss three eyes, however there are three third eyes. Completely different, but, alike. Effectively outlined and separate multiplicity that exists in unity. Solely all collectively are they a single masks of a sure way of thinking. Deeply darkish and shining brilliant on the similar time. The Holy Trinity of the Unmasking sequence.

I’ve a smile on my face from the outline that I gave these bro’s, nevertheless it rapidly fades. The solar shines brilliant, however deep contained in the day is darkish as a cloudy evening like on the opposite facet of earth. It is that type of temper, which after all I could make appear blissful, joyful and happy, but I must pressure upon myself one other masks, however I decline to take action as a way to give credit score to the reality. One other revolution occurred on canvas and ended the dictatorship of the three strains, but many extra strains contest the ability right here.

At beginning this masks was brilliant in every kind of sentimental blue hues on white. “Essentially the most comforting of work that I’ve seen” – somebody has mentioned, when seeing the new child. The seed of darkness, depth and introspection lives deep inside each wholesome human thoughts and soul and time has come to offer it its personal face – the masks of “Tenebrae” reworked and totally switched its colours because it matured underneath my hand. Heat, however with its twists. From just a few steps away it appears like within the darkness of the evening unseen eyes make their gaze bodily felt and quiet footsteps and whispers ship shivers down the backbone – or do they arouse? Are you the hunter or the prey, are you awake or in a dream’s embrace? I will not go any additional. Ultimately you do the considering and select your personal path.

What I select for now could be to grab presenting masks though there’s one other, fairly colourful one which follows and flows out of the “Tenebrae” – however that one is way from completed, so the present goes on into the long run. This sequence already made an unimaginable transformation of my face into masks of shapes, strains and senses that I might haven’t imagined in my life. They seemingly don’t have anything in widespread with myself any extra, however have not misplaced a human contact and have become extra common in my very own understanding, as a result of I discover different folks sporting them right here and there. With billions of individuals populating this planet I feel that many thousands and thousands might relate to 1 or one other picture, hundreds might really feel that it’s or was them and will regard any state of being could also be only a masks, however most significantly – these masks impressed contemplation and the thought that lies at root of what makes us human. The “true” self is a superb factor to search for, as a result of such a objective opens a complete limitless highway of discovery of limitless you.

And as for me – the masks have change into characters and actors for a lot of tales to be instructed via future artworks.

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