Had a (can’t believe I am saying this word…) profound experience today with the delightful Daniel Joseph Martinez. He expanded my understanding of portraits and what it means to create portraits via painting, photography, sculpture, etc. At once intimidating with his vast vocabulary and what he knows+understands, his lecture (albeit very short - 2 hours) was simultaneously engaging, comical, heartbreaking, embarrassing (on my part with my silly answers and questions) and a breath of fresh air. It’s been a while since I’ve received some form of enlightenment (yes I dare say!) from an artist.
portraits: It is memory. It exists in the brain… portrait from the memory is the most exquisite, because it is unattainable
abstractions: we tend to project the human, the anthropomorphic, when really we should let it be… to reveal itself.
ok, so all the quotes I wrote down are very romantic, but seriously, thinking about portraiture in this postmodern era, 21st century, in the 2010s, what is portraiture? And his response: DATA. Computers, smart phones, cars, the internet, social networking. Compile all the data of someone and that person will be made up of zeros, numbers, digits.
Of course I found myself not completely agreeing with his words and opinions, but the way he gave his ideas… is sure to give me something to think about next I do a painting, or photograph, installation, performance. whatever.
Its just a little headache, its just a little bruise redemption of the flesh. The politics of the future as urgent as the blue sky, 2008
Call Me Ishmael: The Fully Enlightened Earth Radiates Earth Triumphant, 2006