art by Arlene Kim Suda

pay attention...

pay attention…

Kirk Varnedoe

Posted on December 15, 2011 by aks

From the book:  A Fine Disregard

Innovation is a kind of secular miracle: secular, because it happens amid the humdrum machinery of life getting along and virtually everything about it is comprehensible; miraculous, not only because it can change things dramatically, but because none of that machinery suffices to explain why it had to happen this way.”

On modern art:

…the raw material here is not random change, but personal initiative: the individual decisions to be an outsider within one’s own world, to try new meanings for old forms, and attack old tasks with new means, to accept the strange as useful and to reconsider the familiar as fraught with possibility.