Material, that is to say unformed or unshaped matter, is the field where authority blocks independent experimentation less than in many other fields, and for this reason it seems well fitted to become the training ground for invention and free speculation. It is here that even the shyest beginner can catch a glimpse of the exhilaration of creating, by being a creator while at the same time he is checked by irrevocable laws set by the nature of the material, not by man. Free experimentation here can result in the fulfilment of an inner urge to give form and to give permanence to ideas, that is to say, it can result in art, or it can result in the satisfaction of invention in some more technical way.
But most important to one’s own growth is to see oneself leave the safe ground of accepted conventions and to find oneself alone and self-dependent. It is an adventure which can permeate one’s whole being. Self-confidence can grow. And a longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means, within oneself; for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.
"Work with Material," by Anni Albers
in the exhibition "Form through Colour" at Somerset House, London (until 31st August)
Joseph Mallord William Turner - Morning amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland
Nueve aviones. 23x30cm.
Beautiful paintings by my talented friend Marina.
A gloomy autumn afternoon: Dampness in the air, fallen leaves from nearby trees have been blown in by the wind, floating in the collected rainwater. The beginning of the journey through the building is filled with a sublime sense of darkness.
Setting off on a journey:After entering the building, one is lead down a long seemingly-endless path between two tall, vast, cliff-like walls. Low morning sun illuminated the ground. One is aware of the wilderness landscape on the other side but can only see the sky and its reflections in adjacent water channels.
Meeting (from the portfolio First Light)
Morning Sun: A warm red glow as one ascends the steps towards the library and belvedere.
Perspective section, through the library and belvedere.