Abstract Critical

Mark Stone on ‘Vision – Late’

Below is a paragraph from a blog post by Mark Stone, in which he discusses our ‘lateness’, and the disorientating effects of constant engagement with endless reproduction. The whole post can be read here. For Stone the possibilities for painting in the age of the internet’s vast archive of images lies not in moves which repeat (on a scale which will be necessarily smaller) the internet’s ability to reproduce imagery; nor in a type of surface which simply replicates the equalising effect of the screen. Instead he suggests that we should be attentive to the active ways in which we see, ‘own physical structures of vision’. When making images these structures should not be abandoned in favour of reliance on technology: ‘We should abstract from the world around us rather than world presented to us.’

Vision – Late

“And in the end it can no longer be about the context of things, but the vision of things. How we see things is the most important place to start. There are many of us who are fed up with the ongoing Postmodernist dialog. We want something more visually stimulating, thoughtful and resonant. We want to use our eyes informed by our technologies instead of relying on the technologies to dictate to our eyes. We are all visual hybrids at this point. We work both online through the lens-based programs and in the flesh and blood world. We are “colored” by those distinct experiences. We do not see in the open world as an Impressionist did. We focus on specifics, isolate details, scan for patterns and then suddenly if we move beyond the program, we are able to comprehend a larger picture, fall into older ways of linear seeing, a to b to c, rather than being stuck in the loop from zero to one, one to zero. When we paint we should work through the lens to our own physical structures of vision, not the other way around. We should abstract from the world around us rather than world presented to us. For me there’s no going back to Modernist pretensions, no insider refinements of period pieces, no pleasing designs for fashionably retro collecting clientele. To see in a new way, outside the Postmodern imperatives, we must, each of us, devise a different engagement with how we understand our lives through our vision. Yes, we may be very, very late, but we are also very, very early.”

From: http://www.henrimag.com