The objects and contents were not the thing. The looking was.
Briony Fer quoting Agnes Martin in, The Infinite Line * said that looking at art was like, 'a simple direct going into a field of vision as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean'. Fer continues, 'Vision is evoked as a kind of crossing. It is not simply a matter of looking at the vista before us, but of entering into and moving across a field of vision. Distance the kind of distance that - maintains the horizon in its proper place is collapsed as a kind of limitless depth that engulfs us. The horizon cuts the sky and but is not fixed and is always relative to the moving spectator.' for Fer the 'ocean' is, sea,land, city or memory. Looking for me, not only at art, is this experience. The crossing of a layered depth, with access to the depth through points where the material and object and illusion become indistinguishable, indefinable, indisputable.
M.P. September 2014
Paris, Julien Green, 1983. Penguin, P 91.
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