Interior with a Book, 1959
“Richard Diebenkorn worked in two styles-gestural realism, as in Interior with a Book, and complete abstraction, as in the Ocean Park Series.
In Interior with a Book, Diebenkorn integrates flat areas of color with more realistic passages suggesting three-dimensional space. The right two-thirds of the canvas present a landscape, sky and interior space in terms of an abstract pattern of horizontal bands of color. Perspective, or the illusion of receding space, is achieved through the intersection of these horizontals with the diagonal lines of the window frame. The careful placement of a chair, book and trees enhances this illusion of depth.
The empty chair and open book suggest the absence or eventual presence of a solitary figure, creating a mood of quiet anticipation.”
“I think the real test is to plan something and be able to carry it out to the very end. Not that you're always enthusiastic; it's just that you have to get this thing out. It's not done with one's emotions; it's done with the head.” — Richard Estes
🍄 Vision connects you. But it also separates you. In my work, and my life, I feel a desire to merge. Not in terms of losing my own identity… but there’s a feeling that life is interconnected, that there’s life in stones and rocks and trees and dirt, like there is in us. — Bill Viola 🍄
Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract
Love After Love
By Derek Walcott
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
And say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”
“To deal with the chaos of life, I escape into the prism of glass, dancing to the visual music in
my mind. My photographs express my interior movement from darkness into light and back.”
Later on today… Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness will be presented on Leanne’s blog. Thanks to both of them and an array of talented international photographers one can view a visual cornucopia of wonderful monochrome photographs all in one central location.
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Monochrome Madness – Week XXXIII