Friday, December 31, 2010

ART CLASS

What better way to start the New Year than by taking an art class - or a workshop?


Art Class

by James Galvin


Let us begin with a simple line,
Drawn as a child would draw it,
To indicate the horizon,


More real than the real horizon,
Which is less than line,
Which is visible abstraction, a ratio.


The line ravishes the page with implications
Of white earth, white sky!

The horizon moves as we move,
Making us feel central.
But the horizon is an empty shell—


Strange radius whose center is peripheral.
As the horizon draws us on, withdrawing,
The line draws us in,

Requiring further lines,
Engendering curves, verticals, diagonals,
Urging shades, shapes, figures…


What should we place, in all good faith,
On the horizon? A stone?
An empty chair? A submarine?

Take your time. Take it easy.
The horizon will not stop abstracting us.

2 comments:

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

Wonderful words! Wishing you a year full of creativity and sparkling color!!!
Happy New Year!!

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you enjoyed them, Cynnie. I'm sorry I haven't posted on your blog for a while - lately, each time I try to visit your blog, my computer freezes up. I don't know if it's the amount of things to load or what is going on. I'm just hoping it works itself out because I can't view your work other than the first page (sometimes it loads and then freezes), and can't comment at all :( I did see your latest collage/tag and it's great - but what else could it be when it's about money and chocolate?