Category Archives: After Agnes


Capture the use
Imposed restraint
Suggested as a way

A hypothetical cognition is an explanatory variance not directly observable. In this rich vein, the existence of something may be dependent upon a subject’s mind. Our mental constructs are abstract to varying levels of elaboration. Independence to interpret exteriority does not operate in a vacuum, because appearances given to sensation cannot be theoretical. Additionally, artifacts are the only objects that are determined.

“It became evident that the group fantasy was inseparable from the symbolic articulations that define a social field insofar as it is real.” – Deleuze and Guattari


Coherent particular
Realm of the body
Limited only by substance

To create order from untidy existence, many philosophers seek a substratum with attached qualities that completely resist change. On further review, perhaps an essentially self-identical and enduring fundamental substance is not viable in actuality, but rather is a conceptual component of an unfolding process. This alternative potential can initiate the error of mistaking the abstract for the concrete.

“An artist cannot and does not prepare for a certain response but simply follows his inspiration. The response depends upon the condition of the observer.” – Agnes Martin

Substitute Signs

Logical relation
Merely correlated
Normal manifestation

In a process of symbolic conversion of spontaneous ideas, establishing importance depends on seeing one thing in terms of another. Independently some elements have no permanent significance except in the context of their aggregate appearance. In the case of aesthetics, the inherent quality of experience exists to be immediately perceived.

“Now, just as in nature certain events are correlated, so that the less important may be taken as signs of the more important, so we may also produce arbitrary events purposely correlated with important ones that are to be their meanings.” – Susanne K. Langer

Spatial Distribution

Overview engagement
Ready audience
Conventional reverence

Disagreement does not equate to inflexibility. Dialogical exchange ignites intuition as a flash of light, in extraordinary sensitivity, illuminating moments of inspiration.

“Your path is at your feet, whether you realize it or not.” – Agnes Martin

Awareness Moment

Sensibility stimulation
Renewal of memories
Conditioned response

Friedrich Schelling identified “the idea of an intrinsically unconditioned knowledge” as the pivotal philosophical issue upon which everything else depends. Artistic expression is a spiritual medium giving enduring form to speculative ideas. Capacity to engage unconstrained awareness is predicated upon the “ability to relate our particular insights to the original whole.” This original whole is together “absolutely ideal and absolutely real” in one unified synthesis. Therefore, in “knowledge, subjectivity manifests itself as objectivity; in action, the particular is conceived of as absorbed in the universal.” A work of art is “greater the more it succeeds in revealing the single universal form.” This goal is only approachable, never fully realized. Schelling warns that the “most dangerous thing that can happen . . . is to be under the sway of muddy thinking,” because the “pure universal must appear to the understanding as essence without form.” We try to extend our “field of vision beyond its outermost boundaries in order to set new boundaries.”

“The intellect is a struggle with facts…you’re certainly never going to find out the truth about life guessing about facts…I gave up facts in order to have an empty mind. I gave up the intellectual entirely.” – Agnes Martin


Interpretive fashion
Uncountable particular
Enrich understanding

Art as a frame of reference can exceed acculturation. Careful and measured, aesthetics interrogates the nuances of understanding, in a medium that is irreducible to any other idiom. Not only is art able go beyond current cultural awareness, but also can transcend the artist making the work.

“My interest is in experience that is wordless and silent, and in the fact that this experience can be expressed for me in art work which is also wordless and silent.” – Agnes Martin

Interior Balance

Autonomous rectangles
Contradict necessity
Stimulation distinction

Inspired by the life and work of Agnes Martin, I have embarked on a new series of images exploring abstract expressionism. The first consideration in this effort is an immediate interaction with the environment as determined by the essential conditions of experience. Foundations of thought are spontaneously beyond cognition, in a super heightened state of awareness.

“The career and destiny of a living being are bound up with its interchanges with its environment, not externally but in the most intimate way” – John Dewey