[NetBehaviour] Painting is hard

james at jwm-art.net james at jwm-art.net
Sun Sep 24 23:47:15 CEST 2006

What is being said in Marcs paintings/drawings is very direct, compare
with say Rothko's colour squares.

What is being said in any piece of 'art' is not always direct or clear,
does not have to be.  It can be (amongst other things) formed as an
indirect consequence of the artists methodology. The artist can zoom
out/zoom in around the process such that they loose any control of what
is being said in the usual avenues.  Atleast that is what recently
occurred to me that maybe I'm doing. As a general approach, not just
painting. Abstraction or something.

Ken, what's the url for your site?


On 21/9/2006, "Ken Turner" <ken at sqallp.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:

>HI marc and james,
>I find it hard not to paint, though it is extremely difficult to be in
>a position of having something to say: and this is what I see in marc's
>drawings - that they have something to say.
>I have yet to find an equivalent in net art to the best in painting,
>but perhaps this is because I don't know where to look or I'm just not
>attuned to online stuff. Maybe this is because I have a strong belief
>in the tactile sensibility of the bodily functions. And this is not to
>say that I have not seen  poetic expression on the net
>I do work on flash for my website and find it fascinating and use the
>computer for video and working things out in painting. And it's very
>rewarding to be able to switch off the computer and work in the studio
>and then to close the door and come back to the computer as a sort of
>necessary balance of a working process: a kind of interweaving of
>On Sep 21, 2006, at 13:14, <james at jwm-art.net> wrote:
>> Hi Marc,
>> I've not been ignoring your message, just taken me a while to come up
>> with a reply.  Had a quick look at your drawings, some are very
>> surrealist inspired by the looks of things, having similiarities to the
>> work of Francis Picabia.  I've drawn quite a few images like that of
>> human/object constructions, but not always had the guts to show them!
>> (online atleast, not exhibited any of my work at all.)
>> I did not see what you'd written as being quite into rant territory.
>> I might write something more later, after the weekend, about my
>> thoughts/questions on net[worked] art/creativity and where maybe
>> painting may come into it.
>> James.
>> On 19/9/2006, "info" <info at furtherfield.org> wrote:
>>> Hi James,
>>> Well - I think that we can enjoy creating in other mediums as well as
>>> net art.
>>> A while back, I created a web site of sketches consisting of work from
>>> 1986 to 1990...
>>> even the web site now seems from another era.
>>> tomorrow's insecurity
>>> "sketch pads created by marc garrett during 86-90."
>>> These images, notes, poems & rants are all from a 4 year period of my
>>> life, 1986 to 1990. This was a crucial stage for learning. It comes
>>> from
>>> a philosophical place & questions life, Art, Insanity, Security,
>>> Institutions & many other things. They are from sketch books & note
>>> pads
>>> that I have always carried around with me. On this site there are
>>> numerous thoughts & images, questioning situations, events, personal &
>>> political etc...
>>> http://www.furtherfield.org/mgarrett/tomorrows_insecurities/index.htm
>>> I wonder if anyone else on here has stuff that they can show (links
>>> to)
>>> before they explored net art, or related creativity? Hell, we could
>>> have
>>> an online exhibition of web art by net artists before they suddenly
>>> turned....

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