This business of making art is confusing. I work every day. Despite all my work and effort, I do not fully comprehend the meaning of my deficit. I know it's there. I know my art pales in comparison to what it has the possibility of being. This gap between what I exhibit and what I internally know is my deficit. I hope I am not disturbing you with the comparison of my problems with the problems facing the economy of our country. I do believe there are natural laws at work in both. Making art is me observing myself as I would observe a machine; trying to comprehend "how it works." Apparently this idea fits into economics and investing as well. The article about the hedge fund manager, Ray Dalio, in the July 25, 2011 issue of The New Yorker echos this thought. The article is entitled, "Mastering the Machine." Dalio believes... "Almost everything is like a machine. Nature is a machine. The life cycle is like a machine." The author of The New Yorker article summarizes Dalio's struggle in a similar manner to the way I would summarize my struggle: "His constant goal...was to understand how the economic machine works....what is the nature of the machine?" My problem is exemplified in my struggle to make visual all I know and feel. This struggle grows as I make art. By making art I understand more, and as my depth of knowing increases, so does the distance between the images I make and the depth of my knowledge. Thus my deficit.
The work I show today has taken another step toward comprehension. I like these works, for now. They are, however, one small step. As good as they are, I want my art to speak more completely, more clearly, more precisely, than these works.
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