“Seeing Myself” with Chuck Close
“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”- Chuck Close
this quote echoes thru my mind that I instantly researched about him online. I was restless to know more. Sat up on a Saturday morning, at 4am with a canned of sardine, crackers and sweetened tea. An odd combination of everything including this routine and it was my first time too.
A fan of quotes, it's like a bolt of thunder, impactful yet effectively alerts my sense and tattooed in my mind.
Soon it lead me to various paths like Alice in the Wonderland of WWW.
Once again, one of the best results leads to a favourite website of mine, the Brain Pickings.
YUP YUP.. YUP..
- which leads me to a tingling urge to save up & purchase the book:
Inside the Painter’s Studio
which features interviews of artists, among
which were Chuck Close and his notions on:
I was never one of those people who had to have a perfect situation to paint in. I can make art anywhere, anytime — it doesn’t matter. I mean, I know so many artists for whom having the perfect space is somehow essential. They spend years designing, building, outfitting the perfect space, and then when it is just about time to get to work they’ll sell that place and build another one. It seems more often than not a way to keep from having to work. But I could paint anywhere. I made big paintings in the tiniest bedrooms, garages, you name it. you know, once I have my back to the room, I could be anywhere.
Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.
I never had painter’s block in my whole life.
On a typical country day I am painting by nine, and I usually work until noon. Three hours in the morning. I will have lunch either at my desk, or if it’s nice I will go to the pool. Of if it’s really nice I will go to the beach for an hour. Have lunch on the beach perhaps, and then I come back and I paint from one to four, another three hours, and about then the light is failing, and I am beginning to fuck up. So then my nurse usually comes at four, and I stop working, clean up, have a big drink, and that’s a typical day. I work every day out there, every single day.
I think while appropriation has produced some interesting work … for me, the most interesting thing is to back yourself into your own corner where no one else’s answers will fit. You will somehow have to come up with your own personal solutions to this problem that you have set for yourself because no one else’s answers are applicable.
See, I think our whole society is much too problem-solving oriented. It is far more interesting to [participate in] ‘problem creation’ … You know, ask yourself an interesting enough question and your attempt to find a tailor-made solution to that question will push you to a place where, pretty soon, you’ll find yourself all by your lonesome — which I think is a more interesting place to be.
Prior to this, I've heard a bit him & seen his paintings online but didn't know his background.
Thanks to Wiki. on Chuck Close read up his bio.
& in the process, I've learned 2 new words:
- photorealistic painter / photorealism = genre of art that encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic mediums, in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium
- prosopagnosia = face blindness. Yup. Unable to recognize faces, he drew faces in order to remember better. That is something I can associate with, in order to remember numbers, I drew pictures or memorize photos of numbers.
His artworks were awesome & turning his disabilities the other way round as abilities. In other words, he ignored his disabilities & worked on and on, stopping to breaks in order to maintain consistency.
How often have we forgotten to maintain work life balance in our lives?
In the process, suffered career burnouts, mental breakdowns and memory loss?
Ashamed, humbled, flooded with emotions.
Been burdened by the failures, rejections and illusions.
I've been avoiding from moving on... despite many help in the past. I've forgotten the path to recovery is CONSISTENCY!
It's time to unlock the gates & let the it flow.
I'm glad I've started to eat right, exercise again & am thinking better now.
Everyone needs a mentor & call upon someone as a role model.
So I'll call upon Chuck Close
Here's ending with my favourite Chuck Close quotes:
A photograph doesn't gain weight or lose weight, or change from being happy to being sad. It's frozen. You can use it, then recycle it.
There are so many artists that are dyslexic or learning disabled, it's just phenomenal. There's also an unbelievably high proportion of artists who are left-handed, and a high correlation between left-handedness and learning disabilities.
I'm not by nature a terribly intuitive person; I need to build a situation in which I will behave more intuitively, and that has really changed the life of my work - I found a way to trick myself into being intuitive.
Painting is a lie. It's the most magic of all media, the most transcendent. It makes space where there is no space.
A face is a road map of someone's life. Without any need to amplify that or draw attention to it, there's a great deal that's communicated about who this person is and what their life experiences have been.
It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work.