Friday, July 26, 2013

The threads of an ongoing love affair with your art

Occasionally – when fortunate, with effortless effort – we experience a poetic encounter with a work of art and this experience, in turn, lingers in our memory for times to come and unexpectedly can reflexively pop-up again into our thoughts while doing something completely mundane like sipping hot coffee in the morning. The experience of art and the memory of it can morph us – become part of our body, part of who we are or who we want to become. We are all art thieves. Our memory takes care of that; we (unwillingly) take home the unexpected, exquisiteness as well as the uncanny – a rough brush stroke here, a fine pen line there. For this, art needs to travel. For this, we need to travel – and leave our comfort zone behind, go back & forth to exhibition spaces and meet time after time works of art. 

(From my preface for the catalog of Besti Rahulasmoro and S.E. Dewantoro’s exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, curated by Kerensa Johnston and produced by DarahRouge.)

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