Consuming Urgency

 

This series is dedicated to the challenging, yet amazing perception of creative urgency. Without this sense of Eureka probably few pieces of contemporary art would be created because any picture could be painted, any poem could be written, any music could be composed tomorrow. Unless a moment of complete artistic urge is experienced, when - to put it dramatically - sheer survival seems to depend on giving shape to this dancing assembly of forms, light and color in our mind.

 

One way to approach these strange impressions of intensity and urgency, that occur almost daily and yet are hard to catch or fixate, are translating them onto paper through saturation, spontaneity and density. To turn every square centimeter into a little “unit of intensity”, the creative process is adapted: pouring paint, smearing it with bare hands, sprinkling undiluted pigments. For the small units the practical questions are: How can the strongest perceivable colors be painted – which red for instance is truly 'consuming'? Is it just a matter of high pigmentation? The darkest gouache or ink won’t cover as much as an acrylic paint or multi-layered oil, so is the expression of intensity simply a matter of material choices? Or does it have to do with the blast of energy while trying to paint something that's actually invisible?