Yesterday I listened to Andrew Christofides talk about his work in an exhibition titled Square One at Wollongong City Gallery. I was envious of his quietness – both in painting and manner. He talked about his influences and his preference for the quiet artists – Kasmir Malevich, Vemeer and Titian. Once again I was delivered one of those serendipitous moments. This week my library books were one on Kasmir Malevich and another on Titian. Is the universe asking me to turn down my volume in painting?
At what point did Malevich and Mondrian leave all the rest out of their work, pare the objective down? There was a small Ralph Balson work that Christofides had also made reference to. It was blocks of colour overlaid and simply beautiful.
I have always admired these painters and while the hard-edge abstractionists never quite fitted me, I have the temperament and touch of a red-haired gestural painter. I felt that perhaps I need to go back. Control the mark making even more. Turn down the volume.
Once again I know it won’t last, next month I’ll return to Canberra for a return visit of the abstract expressionists and I’ll want the volume full blast.