From Landscapes to Abstracts
Paintings by Joe Mayer at the Gallery at 105
“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”
This quote by Jackson Pollack appears at an exhibit of his work now in Rome.
I believe that I am an artist who loves the dignity and beauty of the old barn and the red house on Route 230 near Shepherdstown. If all paintings are metaphors, as my artist friend Jim Forbes stated, painting abstracts allows me to go a step further in my search for self.
For some, abstract paintings are confusing and meaningless. Some of those folks actively dislike abstract paintings because, “what we don’t understand in art we don’t like.” Fair enough.
In his book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, Nobel prize winner and neuroscientist Eric Kandel states, “The artists of The New York School were stylistically diverse, but they shared an interest in developing a new form of abstraction and using it to create art with a strong emotional and expressive impact on the beholder.”
In order to be a fan of abstract art it will take time. First, I believe you must dump the fear factor. This means taking time to look at a painting long enough for your brain to begin reducing the different elements of the painting in to emotional feelings. The longer you look, the more you will see (and feel). Not every viewer will experience the same emotions. That’s my story and I am sticking with it.