Thursday, 6 June 2013

Quote of the Day

Durer, “Sane judgement abhors nothing so much as a picture perpetuated with no technical knowledge, although with plenty of care and diligence. Now this sole reason why painters of this sort are not aware of their own error is that they have not learned geometry, without which no one can either be or become an absolute artist.”

Becoming a painter is first about understanding form. If one is under the misconception that it is about observing and copying shapes alone they will never totally grasp the geometry that underlies the surface. Durer as well as his contemporaries knew that painters constructed from a knowledge base that included a great deal of geometry. Seeing as an artist is about learning to see the world broken down into its most elemental components. We have to convert the Norm into Form. It is this visual information that allows the artist to translate nature into the visual language. Learning to see is learning to see the natural universal as geometry and form. Because Geometry forms the natural universe.
 - Michael Mentler

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