Monday, July 21, 2014

NOT AFRAID TO SAY IT

GO + SEE
CAROLYN MARKS BLACKWOOD
THE ELEMENTS OF PLACE
The Albany Institute of History and Art
June 25 - September 27 2014

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Last week I left the city to attend a reception at the Albany Institute of History & Art. One of the artists participating was Carolyn Marks Blackwood. When someone asked why did she make her photographs, her art ? The answer spoken very softly was "I need beauty in my life " these very direct, delicate yet  plain spoken words have resonated since they were spoken. For me they have become the idea to get behind, I heard them as a call to arms to defend artists who create for beauty. I feel we need a moment /a movement  away from trying to provoke a time to admit the edgy, dark, commonplace and paranoia is not the only way to define art in the 21st century.

We need to clasp beauty to our hearts and defend it before all of it is destroyed leaving us in despair 

Thank you Carolyn Marks Blackwood for giving humanity a rallying cry.

I  NEED BEAUTY IN MY WORLD

 images copyrighted Carolyn Marks Blackwood and used with her permission  

3 comments:

  1. I am very moved by this John- Perhaps it would be a kinder world if people were moved by beauty in their every day life. So good to be understood…thank you- Carolyn

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  2. Yes! So well said John. I'm looking forward to seeing Carolyn's show.

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  3. Thanks for posting this John - I so agree!

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