INVENTION AND FANTASY

If artists exclusively follow their disegno interno, then they, in effect, retreat from the realities of their world, retreat from their Geist. But perhaps, retreating from life can be seen as a political anti-world, anarchic statement.

BOTH OF THESE IMAGES COULD BE LIGHTENED UP A LITTLE – NOT BY MUCH

ADD HERE ANOTHER IMAGE – FROM THE NEW LIST, THE ONE TITLED “GORKY’

 

Henri Rousseau’s The Dream, 1910, and Sandy Skoglund’s Radioactive Cats, 1980, visually transport the viewer to a realm apart from reality. Relying heavily on disegno interno, the

viewer may momentarily depart from their everyday hostile immediate environment or society and enter a dream realm where either nude women recline on couches in African jungles or green cats overrun a kitchen inhabited by senior citizens.

 A greater departure from representational art is Arshile Gorky’s Making the Calendar, 1947. While it may be possible to see one of the artist’s daughters sitting on the left before a window, or at the bottom center, a dog sitting by a fireplace, or the artist himself standing to the right reading a magazine with one hand on the shoulder of his wife, who is rocking their baby in a cradle, meaning and visibility are elusive. Gorky wrote: “Though the various forms all had specific meaning to me, it is the spectator’s privilege to find his own meaning.”  Gorky felt that the level of abstraction within the painting allowed him to more effectively communicate alternate levels of reality. “…my goal, is to enable those who have not experienced certain elements of reality to experience them through the power of my work on their mind and eyes and imagination.”