Jenny Holzer Meets Albert & Susan – Outdoor Murals Concluded

The two murals I began in the summer are now finished, varathened and up on the fences in my backyard ready for my next studio tour.  Until then I get the opportunity to enjoy them hanging out with the greenery –they really do just fit into the environment and contrast well with the green.

This time around the I took the opportunity to do something different with the outdoor art.  The red/yellow abstract has the writing “Confine yourself to the present” by Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor.  The second yellow/blue abstract painting has the words by Albert Einstein “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  Some admirable sentiments but I needed to counterbalance the quotes with some semblance of cynicism no matter how slight.  I found a quote by Susan Sontag that did the job admirably.  I collaged pieces of the Susan Sontag quote onto the wood as one of the last stages of the painting before varathening it.

I have always been drawn to quotations as inspiration but the tendency can veer dangerously and quickly into sugary and saccharine–so I took the second mural as a mild rebuke to the first.  Susan Sontag sums it up beautifully as usual:  “The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.”   Sometimes a surrealist sensibility just gets you through the day…

To see how the murals progressed through the summer and for more close ups/pics on the progress just check out my earlier blog entries.  Now it’s time to head out to Home Depot for more wood!

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