Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pecha Kucha Taos Volume 18, 20 x 20 September 27, 2015

Robert Cafazzo  “Paintings in Motion”

“What am I doing Here?” a book,
by Bruce Chatwin
“How Did I get Here?”
a line from Once in a Lifetime, by David Byrne
In 1991, I needed to learn how to walk again.
My Thinking was,
I already knew HOW to walk,
After all I’d been studying movement,
‘Motion’ was a major component of my paintings.
The Edweard Muybridge Motion study photographs had been my study guides.
They are Individual phases of motion mapped out,
They tell a “How To” mechanics of animal locomotion.
Yet, it’s NOT that easy,
There are unknowing subtleties,
It’s Much more complicated than it looks.

I came to Taos to Heal, to Walk, to Wander, to Explore
and to spiral out.
To Learn not just HOW to walk again
but also how to Live again.
Pronounced dead, 30 days in a hospital bed, 3 months in a wheelchair.
Soon Afterwards,
I came to Taos. 

For ME, the paintings are a narrative,
a tail told over and over again.
They are everything I Love:
From Storytelling, to Color, to Texture, to Movement, the animals and the flexibility of Meanings.

Taos is my studio,
it is the nature around me,
the animals of the desert and forest,
the animals at the farm next door.
The horses and the buffalo running straight down the Paseo! 

Through Movement, Color, Texture, Light and the Grid,
I paint Animals in Motion.

My style is that of cave paintings and petroglyphs
with a twist.

The first major gallery in New York City I exhibited with was Jus de Pomme.
The gallery director began to laugh as I unwrapped a painting.
A PINK Cave painting!
She was hooked,
Who in the world would do such a thing!

I can’t help myself,
I like the color Pink! 

For ME,
Cave paintings and petroglyphs across the world have a commonality.
In Africa and Australia the animals may be quite different from the animals of Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Yet, They all tell stories.
Many depict so much more than what humans seem to remember.
I strive to tell those stories.
The interconnectedness of the Human Race.

We used to use the phrase a “GIMICK”
What some people would call a ‘hook’,
a recognizable ‘style’ unique to your own work.
Your Voice.

An artist chooses a vehicle in which to express themselves.
What makes up that vehicle is IMPORTANT.

Artists make decisions on so many levels,
it’s amazing that any of us keep doing what we do.

Choosing a color palette,
Subject matter,
and a Style. 

Color can be quite easy
Blue and Pink are the Most beautiful colors in my palette.
Or, “Color” can be challenging…

Paint the Night sky, an artist knows that color is Not Black! 

A friend of mine said to me a while back,
what color do you like to use the least…  
…find a way to make THAT color beautiful.
For ME that color is yellow,
Fall in Taos is ALL yellow,
and I find it breathtaking! 

Here in Taos we are blessed to have a
Blinding unyielding Light,
creating color,
or washing it out,
the bluest of blues,
the brightest reds.

The creation of an ‘art colony’ in any given place,
Depends on the quality of light,
in that place. 

Movement, we all notice something ‘move’ out of the corner of our eye.
Years ago I saw Baryshnikov
‘Walk’ across a room,
he made it look so effortless,
as though he were walking on water. 

viscosity I want to pick up my paint with my hands,
to slather it onto the paintings’ surface.
Occasionally I see people
touch my paintings,
(who touches paintings?)
I have to chalk it up to that luscious textural surface. 

I also think of Agnes Martin and her GRID,
that meditative walk along the surface.
The involvement of the imperfection
of her hand as it runs up against the turmoil
of an imperfect canvas.

I THINK about making art and every artist that came before me. 

When I taught for 21 years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston,
Boston’s Museum School.
there’d be that student who had great FEAR
of their ability to draw.
I’d tell them that if they could write,
then they already knew how to draw,
that They had a Unique ‘signature’
an ability to make a drawing that only they could create.

I’m told more and more schools will stop teaching cursive writing.

This could be the end of ART as we know it.

…and yes,
making art,
IS WORK and it’s FUN.

ART matters,
it has been with us throughout human history.

In my gallery I’m frequently asked if I teach any longer?
I always answer,
No, I do not.
Yet here I am tonight still teaching,
And still learning. 

This evening,
I am honored to have been invited
by Matt Thomas and his team here tonight.
Thanks to many of you who have encouraged me to be here tonight.

To stand here,
to learn something from the other speakers,
and hopefully,
to have taught you,
this audience here tonight,
and to have learned a bit about myself as well.
Thank You all.
Here's the link for the Video: 
Sidebar: To any of you who may be about to deliver a speech, it is true that PRACTICE makes perfect. My speech here was about 870 words total for a 6 Minute 40 Second presentation, about 130 words per minute. it was exhilarating, I was quite nervous. I'd do it again if asked, and if you are asked, do it. 20 seconds per slide image on the screen beside me, yet I was so busy saying the words I never quite saw the images. I did however highlight my script close to when each slide would change. Hopefully sometime soon, the video of this presentation will appear on Vimeo, when it does I will add the link here. Thank you to those who attended, thank you those of you who have read this post. To the many of you who were so encouraging Thank You so very very much.