Sunday, February 28, 2010

Daily Practice 59/365

Title: "The night Neil Young sang Long May You Run"
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If I knew I was going to be stranded on a desert island and was only allowed to take one book of Abstract Expressionist images, I would undoubtedly choose the Catalogue Raisonné of Helen Frankenthaler's prints. I love the tension between drawn lines and organically derived shapes in her work, and am in awe of her technical prowess with the different printmaking media.

Tonight Neil Young sang one of his iconic songs at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Just Neil, his harmonica and beat-up, well used acoustic guitar. It's amazing to realize the longevity of his career in music, and the many genres of music he has explored over that career. Like Frankenthaler, Young has explored a free spirit of experimentation supported by true mastery of his medium.

This photographic image is an abstraction of an abstraction, a continuation of an exploration of the dialogue between natural, organic shapes and the drawn line.

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