Joan Brown and the rise of silence
Aah, my friends, I doubt the ability to pictures to represent reality. This is nothing new. But just now, I also doubt the efficacy of words to convey an experience.
My own response to my skepticism has been a slightly mind-bended version of that old dictum – show don’t tell. Often I attempt to write around a thing and try by describing the edges to suggest the whole. Sometimes I just see myself, staring back.
So now I am flummoxed. I have been reading all morning and what I know now better than when I woke is… the natures of the people writing. My reading has added nothing to my store of knowledge on the subjects that they covered.
Occasionally I just give up.
Silenced then (if only momentarily), I offer you the remainder of my images from This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown at the San Jose Museum of Art.
I also tell you that on February 3, 2012, the San Jose Museum of Art presents Renegade Humor, a large group exhibition featuring the likes of Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, David Gilhooly, Peter VandenBerge, William T. Wiley, among other artists who, in the 1960’s studied at and taught at UC Davis.
That old black magic, my friends, it has me in its spin. Down and down, round and round. Go.
San Jose Museum of Art website: http://www.sanjosemuseumofart.org/exhibitions