Guitarist, singer, and composer John Renbourn recently died of an apparent heart attack at his home in the Scottish Borders. Best known for his work with traditional folk/rock group Pentangle, his fluid guitar interplay with fellow guitarist Bert Jansch was a marvel of inventiveness and emotion, never nearing the uselessly frilly virtuosity of other less gifted players. While he worked in a conservative vernacular, he was far from a musical purist, subtly combining ancient (sitar) with modern (electric guitar, fuzz-box, and wha-wha). His quiet brand of guitar renewal and creativity will certainly be missed by those who actually listen.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
By using the word "done" the painter implies that certain formal, emotional, and intellectual criteria have been satisfied to some degree. Unfortunately this is a messy business, one that rarely enters into the rational domain, and it is this murkiness that makes the work itself come alive. Then again the painting may be seen as an excuse for apparently not "saying" anything. Multiple logics may indeed be part of the experience of "seeing" through this catastrophe.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
I quite like the idea of art as mis-heard and mis-interpreted "speech" taking visual form, something that may indeed take great effort to unravel, if indeed it has any need of interpretation or rational bearing. Speaking clearly and loud enough to be heard generally seems like a basic course in inertia, or worse, an unnecessary picture of something. As artists are we to be concerned with teaching or doing (exploring a mystery)? I'll opt for the latter.