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Agnes Martin Writings by Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz

By Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz

Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of ideas yet look as an alternative as contemplative, intuitive indicators. Her "floating abstractions," within which strains and loose bands of colour emerge nearly imperceptibly, should be reproduced in basic terms with trouble. Her writings, at the different hand--although on no account meant as programmatic statements--offer helpful readability relating to her personal works and poetic perception approximately artwork typically. in view that its unique ebook in 1991, this quantity of Martin's writings has been a primary record for libraries of artists, creditors, and critics. instead of deciding on herself together with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, announcing that "the functionality of artwork is . . . the renewal of stories of moments of perfection." together with illustrations of her works, those texts--including lectures, tales recorded by means of critic Ann Wilson, passages ostensibly prepared in associative sequences, and "fragmentary ideas"--form an eloquent artist's assertion through the writer of "silent paintings."

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He must pursue the truth relentlessly. Once he sees this fact his feet are on the path. If you want to know the truth you will know it. The manipulation of materials in art work is a result of this state of mind. The artist works by awareness of his own state of mind. In order to do so he must have a studio, as a retreat and as a place to work. In the studio an artist must have no interruptions from himself or anyone else. Interruptions are disasters. To hold onto the "silver cord", that is the artistic discipline.

Criticism and discontent expressed concretely are complaint and destructiveness. All negative expression is anti-life and anti-art. Besides recognition of the sublime there are two other elements in life that must be recognized and lived. They are self knowledge and potential. " If the answer is "I am a man" then the question becomes: "What IS a man. When you come to the end of all ideas you will still have no definitive knowledge on the subject. Then you will have to wait for inspiration. II3 Until you can clear up your true identity you will be tied to a repetition of this life.

He is defeated and helpless. This knowledge is an absolute prerequisite to inspiration. Defeated and helpless he receives the inspiration to get to his feet. He is now defeated and helpless with regard to taking a step but again he is commanded forward. At every moment we are helpless and defeated and at every moment we are commanded forward by inspiration. There is no choice while we are on the true path. Our inspirations come as a surprise to us. Following them our lives are fresh and unpredictable.

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