Jim Weidle – Artist


Art is a voice so high only dogs can hear it.


“It  (painting)  is  a  kind  of  immersion  in  substances,  a  wonder and   a   delight   in   their   unexpected   shapes   and   feels.   When nothing  much  is  known  about  the  world,  everything  is  possible, and  painters  watch  their  paints  very  closely  to  see  exactly  what they  will  do.  Even  though  there  is  no  contemporary  language for  that  kind  of  experience,  the  alchemists  already  had  names for  it  centuries  ago.  They  knew  several  dozen  varieties  of  the material  prima,  the  place  where  the  work  starts,  and  their  terms can  help  us  understand  there  are  different  ways  of  beginning the  work.  They  had  names  for  their  transmutations,  and  those can  help  give  voice  to  the  many  metamorphoses  painters  try  to make in paint.Science  has  closed  off  almost  every  unsystematic  encounter with   the   world.   Alchemy   and   painting   are   two   of   the   last remaining  paths  into  the  deliriously  beautiful  world  of  unnamed substances.”

— James Elkins, author, What Painting Is


“To  the  extent  that  contemporary  artists  can  make  people  look longer   and   harder,   they   must   dare   to   give   their   work   a complicated  openness,  a  surprising  particularity.  Artists  have to  find  ways  to  pull  the  audience  in,  for  only  when  people come  to  understand  that  within  a  painting  or  a  sculpture  they can  find  a  time  that  is  outside  of  time  will  they  want  to  keep looking.  Only  then  will  they  see  that  although  nothing  in  a painting  moves—at  least  in  the  sense  that  sound  moves  in music  or  bodies  move  in  dance—everything  in  a  painting  is alive. And  then  the  surface  opens  up,  and  effects  multiply,  and you    see    more    and    more.   You    enter    into    an    intimate, imaginative  collaboration  with  the  artist.  If  the  very  idea  of instantaneous  unity  comes  out  of  a  feeling  that  in  the  world things  can  happen  with  this  much  speed,  a  more  circuitous and   layered   way   of   looking   suggests   a   release   from   the compressed,  fast-forward  pace  of  daily  life,  which  has  always troubled  people,  and  surely  does  today.  If  you  can  unlock  a moment,  you  can  enter  a  realm  of  freedom.  Artists  show  the way. To look long is to feel free.”

— Jed Perl