Stripes

Reminiscent of flags, fun, summer, 1950s beatniks, Edie Sedgwick, Jean Seberg, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Patti Smith, and Debbie Harry, and anything French.

I have an assortment of striped shirts…

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When it seems we swim in a sea of content, imagery, and idea…how refreshing it was to put all that aside and paint striations of color, line, and texture.

As I was  painting stripes, I happened to read in an article by art critic, Jerry Saltz where he was anticipating a deluge of predictable political art in response to the heated public climate of the last few months. This remark caught my attention …

“All art is political because within every contemporary artist is the deep content of this time and all of that is in their work–even if it is just stripes or squiggles, done unoriginally, in a fever with insight.”

I agree, as I had recently come upon an earlier statement by artist Paul Klee from more than a hundred years ago that expressed a similar sentiment …

“The more horrifying this world becomes, the more our art becomes abstract.”

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