ImageI am still unsure of this piece. How to say “more” with “less”? This is always such a challenge for me. With works with a lot of textures, items and patterns, the issue seems to be making all of the elements work together, to get them to “sing” as one. Not necessarily an easy task but a clear one. One “sharp” note, one “flat key” and you get noise rather then a melody.

Minimalist works, on the other hand, what is left out, what is not said, is almost as important as what is said. I think this is what makes minimalist works, sometimes, so difficult to appreciate. A painting of a sunset allows the viewer to bring all of their experiences to it but a solid blue canvas has no obvious “entry points”. There is little to ”relate” to. What one “gets” from a minimalist work is largely what one “brings” to it.

“Necessary Elements” has such balance for me. There is so much room to “enter” this work and yet, “Vanishing Point” seems to be missing something. I would like to say that I am sure how successful a piece is when I finish it but I am not. With these two minimalist works of mine, one seems so successful and the other less so. Some works I am pleased with right away and other works take time to appreciate. I guess it’s like music. Some tunes you hear for the first time, you like right away and other tunes, you need to take time to listen to. To let the melody wash over you.

So right now, I am still listening to “Vanishing Point”.

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