JIM WEIDLE   artist
paint, mostly
Art is a voice so high only dogs can hear it.
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“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