Despite the mark of 31, this one was made yesterday, 12/30/2021. My recent spat of drawings has been remarkably introspective. I have embarked upon an observant inquisition. This drawing continues my rummaging pursuit of personal expression. In parallel to my recent search has been my collecting images from slides of past works, all taken before digital SLR cameras became competent. This revisit, to older works, is important. Looking back I am better able to decode myself. Earlier impulses, however naïve, are clearly seen in younger works. See my rediscovered images at my other website via this link: Catalogue Raisonné.
In summary, I am beginning to make the best art of my life.
Positive forms are always important. Balance of negative and positive can occur when negative space is recognized as brilliantly important. Negative/positive balance does occur naturally, from atoms to the earth's environment. These drawings illustrate my embrace of balance. Terrible is the result when things are out of balance; witness global warming.
Color balance brings harmony to a composition. Dynamic color imbalance causes disturbing emotional reactions, which may be useful to self-expression. Negative/positive space imbalance should be explored for self-expressive purposes.
There is much going on in this living we do. True, deep reflection, is often placed in a convenient cage outside ourselves. Then, miracle happens. It dawns upon us. True becomes real. Truth be found. Here I am, in the struggle for truth. That is my job. This drawing is one filled with insight, yet unsatisfactory. Full truth continues to be a few steps away.
Finally, here come some excellent drawings. Even I can accept these drawing as ones of quality. Too much fun is never enough. Worse is living in the aftermath of too much work not enough play. Otherwise. I am devoid of comment.
I am on my own road. This is a shoutout to myself: "Follow your own compass!" and, "To thyself be true!" I am abandoning misdirection. Misdirection is mostly using models for direction. These drawings an't nothing but my own. I am choosing simplicity. This is me accepting my own minuscule knowledge. Forget the guy who was edgy. I was looking for revolution; I should have been following what I know. Here, in these drawings, I am working toward my personal summative truth.
I produce a lot of images. I am dialoguing with myself. I seek understanding, not nuts, nor bolts, but seeds. These seeds will grow into substance. This drawing feels important.
Selfish it is, but it is what I do. I am a mystery to unravel. I am endlessly fascinated by unknowns. I have many unknowns. Once a Scientist, for many years I have been an Artist. I do the same thing in both professions. I seek to find. These two drawings are as different as are my mysteries. I will continue to seek.
I am going to find iT! I am within a willful search through research. That means, two steps forward, one backward, two forward, et cetera. Today, upon looking at these drawings, I did one forward, one backward. And so It goes...
I want my Art to simultaneously contain purity and emotive complexity. Are they mutually exclusive? I believe Mark Rothko, and Ellsworth Kelly, have proved otherwise. And... they are not the only ones.
Negative space is paramount as emotive structure. Positive forms share responsibility; forms must be profoundly, attentively complex, while positioned sparsely within negative space.
Yesterday's drawings continue my research into this dilemma, purity versus emotive complexity.
So what-ta-ya think? Blah, blah, blah... I am in the midst of research and development. Anything I say right now will be similar in tone to the pundits on ESPN or CNBC, pretending to be in the know; today they predict the outcome of Super Bowl 2022 and next week's stock market trends. Well, I am here. I don't know where I am going. I do know I am embarked upon a reasonable and intelligent journey.
These two drawing sparkle with ideas. They sit with impact and truth. Enjoy! (blah, blah, blah...)
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