“They are feelings that express themselves only throughout the action itself, Therefor the painting get’s created and get’s form only throughout the proces itself. “
What happens when the immaterial thoughts meet their material expresser. When the artist meets his canvas, or should i say “fights” it. Does one then create beauty? Can such harsh feelings express beauty? In one way it does, but there seems to be something else much stronger in play. It are the artists feelings, which can’t be written down, can’t be spoken, they can only be expressed through one medium; “paint”.
It’s important to notice that these aren’t feelings considered as “thought of” , they are feelings that express themselves only throughout the action itself, triggered by a certain automatism. Therefor the painting get’s created and get’s form only throughout the proces itself. There are no sketches, no complex geometric compositions, it’s a certain “childs play”, which was an common characteristic for the “cobra” movement, which Karel Appel belonged to. But also the famous action painter; “Jackson Pollock” worked in a similar way. He also would approach the canvas for the first time without having a clue of what so ever, where to start and what it would look like when it would be finished. I like to compare it with getting lost in a forest; you search for a path or trail that will lead you out of the forest but have no idea of where it will lead you, but you once you’ve found the trail, you know it will lead you somewhere. Which doesn’t imply that it’s all thanks to coincidence, there is a certain stage where it get’s obvious to the painter how it roughly look at the end, they get a blur vision, like if there was a trail guiding them to the end.
“What was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event”
We could ask ourselves whether these paintings trigger a feeling of beauty or rather “the subliminal feeling”. Do these works move one person? Do they scare you, make you stronger? Are they trying to learn us something, or do we learn something by them? Or is it only “the event” that matters? I don’t think so, do you?