The next time you look at art, really look at it. Spend time in front of it. How do you really respond? Not to the name and its reputation, or lack of it, but to the work itself.Ian Roberts, Creative Authenticity
The lack of standards in our modern life, or rather our current standards derived almost solely from economics, is ravaging the environment, ecologies, agriculture and urban design. So too our current art is ravaged, showing us disease instead of health, superficiality instead of transcendence and ugliness instead of beauty.Ian Roberts, Creative Authenticity
This isn’t the full picture, of course, but it does resonate with me for a lot of contemporary art I see.
If, indeed, for any given time only a certain sort of work resonates with life, then that is the work you need to be doing in that moment. If you try to do some other work, you will miss your moment.From Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Those who would make art might well begin by reflecting on the fate of those who preceded them: most who began, quit.
When McCahon declared, ‘I will need words,’ in a 1961 letter to poet John Caselberg, he was saying he needed them for something. He wanted his paintings to speak: to cut through, to communicate, to be clear in a new way about human fears and hopes and about how to love authentically. And he saw that painted words were a way to approach spiritual realities and urgencies that resisted conventional picturing.Justin Paton, McCahon Country