Friday, April 17, 2015

My Theory of Everything

Martin Mugar(2014), oil&wax on board

Here is my elegant little equation for life, for the universe, for everything: everything matters.

Everything matters. Everything matters. Everything matters.

Love. Hate. Shakespeare. Mozart. War. Kindness. Civility. Balance. The environment. What we eat. What we think. Whether we always want more, or whether we experience gratitude instead. It all matters. Everybody matters! Everybody! Everything and everybody is special. And every flower and star! Life is not the zero-sum deal that the powers that be are selling to get us and keep us in line! Every mind of our own matters and makes a difference! There is no elegant mathematical equation that can reduce life to a set of numbers.

Paul Pollaro(2015), oil&tar

This is a painter's philosophy. Every painter knows this, feels this, believes this, understands this, embraces this, celebrates this. It all matters. Every mark. Every tiny smudge. It all adds up. All the dots connect up. It is what makes a painting a painting. It is what we look at and see when we take in a painting. It is why we get hooked on painting. It is the very act and experience of "everything matters." And it is why painting will always matter. Poetry does it its way. Music does it its way. And when you need it in a glance, or a gaze, or a full on soak up every color and shade and mark and bump and gesture and poetry of paint, then painting is still where you go for that window onto everything. From Giotto to Michelangelo to da Vinci to Vermeer to Monet to Manet to Picasso to Matisse to O'Keeffe to de Kooning to Bess to Pollock to Resnick to Mitchell.

Addison Parks(2015), oil on linen

Addison Parks
April 17, 2015
Spring Hill

Addison Parks, OLD APPLE, 2015, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches

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