|Lu Larsen Celebration Acrylic on board 28"x40"|
- We have art from our earliest ancestors, in spite of struggling against ice ages and disease, and super predators like the Saber Tooth Tiger.
- We have art from slaves, and from civil war prison camps.
- We have art from Auschwitz, from people who were starving, and knew they were dying.
Art is not casual. To reduce it to "therapeutic art" on the basis of a diagnosed artist is naive. If we cannot acknowledge that images which emerge from any artist are aesthetically on a level playing field, then we rob those images of the true power and respect they deserve.
We do not look to athletes and say, "Oh. Your gifted sporting behavior must be very therapeutic." To fantasize that art by people in recovery is different; simply a cathartic struggle with no aesthetic value, is to blind ourselves to the possibility that all art is potentially equal when it comes to aesthetics.
|Paolo Caravahlo- "Felines" Acrylic on Canvas 54"x54"|
Being in the presence of a Van Gogh is more like being suddenly punched in the face. The artist's story recedes in the presence of the genuine power of the work. Neil Armstrong ( who rocked, incidentally), couldn't have been more surprised at his first steps on the moon, than I was when I first saw the violence of the Van Gogh's sunflowers in person. Nothing can really prepare you for such an encounter. I saw in his work, a painting achieved as if by meteoric impact, blasting down through the painted layers with unstoppable brute force...
|Franco-"Depression" Acrylic on Canvas. 36"x 48"|
|Lynn Marcoe, "I Am Finally Home" Acrylic on Canvas.|
Recovering the Artist II opens Friday, December 7th, 2012, from 5-8 pm. Please join us for refreshments, poetry readings and great art.
Recovering the Artist is a partnership show with NAMI San Diego, The Creative Arts Consortium and The Expressive Arts Institute, in service of the community of recovering artists everywhere.