Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mortal Frame

The last time I did this old farm shed,  I wondered why I was attracted to it.  Yesterday I read an excerpt from Karl Rahner who described himself as "the abandoned hut of my poor, dim earthly life."  Old fallen down barns and ruined sheds are like ourselves in a sense: human structures, with character and many stories, still attractive though in need of repair, and maybe a new life.  I remember reading that Wolf Kahn does not want to be known as a painter of barns.  He manages to see them for what they really are: human structures that when viewed with imagination and compassion present an opportunity, in Kahn's case, to release a powerful and  colorful vision.  By the way, this pastel is 8x10 on colourfix paper.

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