Personal Demons 11.05.2010

Earlier, I spoke of the problems with blatant or graphic themes as they applied to Serrano's work.  There is also another theme deemed to be equally as graphic, although somewhat less vulgar.  I am referring to work that is too illustrious and possibly decorative.  Now is an excellent time for me to give myself a healthy dose of self criticism.  As such, let me introduce my demons, before they are pointed out by others. 
I wonder if  I'm too illustrious or telling too much in my compositions.  I'm perhaps guilty of the same criticisms leveled at Serrano, in not providing enough mystery.   However, printmaker's have long had a love affair with the narrative, which sometimes comes  dangerously close to overstated symbolism.  How many times have you seen a wolf and the moon in the same composition?  You will see this motif in my image on the left.   One justification is that I feel it conceptually necessary.  I often incorporate imagery from fairy tale or fable.   The elements in question set the stage for my premise.  The question is whether I successfully take these otherwise trite icons and reveal them in a special way.  I'd like to think that I do, but self deception is very deceptive, especially to self.  

Another criticism of my work is that it lacks social context or purpose.  My work is extremely introspective and I doubt that I'll be solving any world problems through it.  As such, it is  relegated to a minor place in any sense of the art world.  My art is much like a visual documentation.  I jot down my fleeting thoughts with a  peculiar juxtaposition of compositional elements.  They are personalized to the highest degree and quite often have decorative elements.   On some levels it may even be said to have visual predictability, with its gentle value gradients and marbleized backgrounds.  I suppose this is a kind of visual crutch.  If I use harmonious fields of lights and darks, maybe I retain better understanding of my story.  If this means I'm overly illustrious, then hopefully I make it up with unexpected twists or visual puns.

Important!Quotes to Ponder

Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same.
-- Gunther Grass

I can't criticize what I don't understand. If you want to call this art, you've got the benefit of all my doubts.
-- Charles Rosin