This morning The New Yorker sent an email to all its subscribers with the cartoon I reproduce below. It is apt in many ways. It relates to our society, but also embraces the constant internal arguments I have. Only I get me, and I don't completely get me. That is the major reason I make art. It is also the reason my work bounces around in search for consistent, relentless truth. Can any human endeavor find absolute truth? I think there are absolute truths, like honesty. However, complex endeavors, like making art, do not easily reveal absolute truth. Thus comes my drawings, one simple, the next complex. There are those that are dominated by lines and those that are dominated by hard core black graphite. Yesterday's drawing exhibits the blackest I can get with that pencil of mine.
Lately I have had two phrases hanging around in my head: "Learn to listen," and "You know it when you see it." The painting "2016 No.16" is not quite right. Mostly I am annoyed by the orange on the top competing with the orange on the bottom. I mention "Learn to listen" because I find, more and more, me watching (listening) to the painting or drawing for a clue for where to go next. Making art is a "shout and response" activity. I know, the words listen and shout should be replaced with the word see. However, saying "see and response" does not feel right. Pablo Picasso gave insight into this activity of making art when he said something like this, "Painting is similar to being in a room with an open window. If a draft annoys you, you close the window."
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