Friday, April 3, 2009
READER SUBMISSION: "Dirt" by S, Chicago; marker on brownish paper
The Russian-born artist Wassily Kandinsky compared the spiritual life of humanity to a large triangle. It was the artist’s job, he theorized, to lead others to the top of the pyramid by the exercise of his talent. On first review, S’s strident debut seems too wiry, too “Kandinsky-light” for real mettle. And then it hits you. To ascend to the peak, one must travel lightly. S chooses only red marker and soiled paper, tools wispy enough to carry the weight of the world if she so chooses. Another piece like this one and the choice will be made for the young lady. This is exciting stuff!