Orientation: Day 1, Nov.1, 2009





Yi-Fu Tuan, in Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience says:

It is not possible to look at a scene in general; our eyes keep searching for points of rest. p. 161

If time is conceived of as flow or movement, the place is pause. p 198

Distance is a meaningless spatial concept apart from the idea of goal or place. p. 136

Dancing, which is always accompanied by music or a beat of some kind, dramatically abrogates historical time and oriented space. When people dance, they move forward, sideways, and even backward with ease. Music and dance free people from the demands of purposeful goals and directed life, allowing them to live briefly in what Erwin Straus calls “presentic” unoriented space. p. 128-129

Is it possible to paint unpaused place, without  goal and multidirectional (hence undirectional) to paint the dance, to put on canvas with brush, pigment and medium — “unoriented” space?



We are back in the desert. The paintings above are as close as I came last February and March to painting unoriented space. I’m giving it another try.

4 thoughts on “Orientation: Day 1, Nov.1, 2009

  1. That’s actually a photo taken by a stringer photographer for the Oregonian, our local newspaper. He saw me painting on Hawthorne one sunny day. I thought he was a panhandler, although at some point I sort of absent-mindedly noticed his camera. He asked if he could take my photo and I said yes, still thinking he was the usual gawker. The following morning, I came downstairs and there on my place at the table, Jer had folded the paper to the “weather” update in the metro section. The story was of the weather — the photo of me, looking grimly at the Hawthorne traffic.

    It’s actually a good photo when not cropped. there’s a street sign with graffiti all over the back of it that carries the eye around.

    I think WordPress must have picked up the photo from Facebook somehow — I don’t remember putting it into my blogs.

  2. Looks Awesome Jane. I know you are up to the challenge of attempting to capture the essence of unoriented space. Great weather, awesome surroundings, BIG canvases, I know you must be heady and PUMPED. Phew, what a trip. You go girl.
    Keep us informed.

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