The act of holding the Forgive me sign can lead to a posture of resignation. The space created by that posture is where grace goes.
Witnessing that moment, whether in the moment or recorded as a photograph, can reflect that grace in ourselves. The Forgive me photographs channel the power to initiate a moment of release in the viewer.
All art created in that state of release has the ability to reflect the same state in the observer.
Some of us require a literal handle such as the look on face of the sitter or the sun coming over a meadow. For some of us the brain is so busy it takes what could be a powerful instigator of reflective peace and turns it in to a demonstration of it’s own superior organizational skill. We find a box and put it in there labelled and sorted for future reference without allowing it to work it’s magic. We are the ones walking around the museum holding our cameras up as shield to ward off any real contact with the spiritual power of the work.
For these clever buggers art has to confound and surprise. The image has to defy easy categorization long enough to let the content arrive before the form is resolved.
That’s what these paintings are about.
So, something for everyone hopefully.
“Reflections” at the Mount San Jacinto College Art Gallery November 14th through December 12th with an opening reception November 14th 4-7pm