From The Untroubled Mind, Agnes Martin
From REFLECTIONS by Agnes Martin
Richard Tuttle says….
“The job of the artist is to come up with ideas of how the mystic can be accommodated.”
“The main subject of my work is this kind of perfection, it’s an experience I’ve had, it’s a kind of metaphysical, or maybe someone else could say a ‘mystical’ experience that’s happened say, three times or four times in my life and I would like it to happen every day and I would like to be able to make a picture or a sculpture where other people can have that experience because when you have that it also clears the mind.”
Things are different with Luna: every month she is darkened and extinguished; she cannot hide this from anybody, not even from herself. She knows that this same Luna is now bright and now dark — but who has ever heard of a dark sun? We call this quality of Luna “women’s closeness to nature,” and the fiery brilliance and hot air that plays round the surface of things we like to call “the masculine mind.” Mysterium Coniunctionis: par 331, pg 247
I paint about happiness, innocence and beauty—the feelings that we have that go beyond the world, that have no worldly cause.
Agnes Martin, Art City: Season 1, Ep. 1
Sol Lewitt on Conceptual Art
I think that if these instructions, they are given to almost anyone, if they understood the language they could do the work. [That is] comparable to somebody playing a piece of music—the notes are there, anyone who can read notes can play the music, but it’s different each time.