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Agnes Martin's summary works adhere to no catalogue of ideas yet seem as a substitute as contemplative, intuitive indicators. Her "floating abstractions," within which strains and loose bands of colour emerge nearly imperceptibly, might be reproduced simply with hassle. Her writings, at the different hand--although under no circumstances meant as programmatic statements--offer precious readability concerning her personal works and poetic perception approximately artwork regularly. considering the fact 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 along with her Minimalist friends, Martin has aligned herself with the traditional Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, announcing that "the functionality of paintings is . . . the renewal of stories of moments of perfection." together with illustrations of her works, those texts--including lectures, tales recorded by way 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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Neither consciousness nor self knowledge can be pursued socially. In groups we can compare our observations of life but life itself is lived by individuals. Changes in social living are the result of changes that take place in individuals. First some truth must be recognized by an individual (that is what we call inspiration) and then it must be expressed concretely and responded to by others. The cause of these changes is not with us but is a result of the battle of life and death. It is not just big inspirations that move life forward.
Even now you can hear it saying, "Yes" and "No". You look at a painting and say: "Is this it", and your mind answers and says: "Yes" or "No". If it says "Yes" it means that you have just made the work that you should have made. What your mind says never applies to anyone else. This work is what is possible for you according to your awareness of life. There are no criteria. No possibility for criticism. By the use of intellect we have created a world of ideas that does not actually exist. The political world is a structure conceived and agreed to by us but it is not a reality.
Our guidance is called inspiration. In crisis we say to ourselves: "What can I do", and miraculously our mind answers and tells us what to do. This miraculous answer is called an idea very often but it is not an idea. There are different parts of the mind. When we are angry one part of the mind stands as though outside and we see ourselves raving. 11m part that stands as the outside of ourselves is the conscious 71l1lld. The conscious mind that is aware of perfection, happiness and (he ~ublime.
Agnes Martin Writings by Agnes Martin, Dieter Schwarz