April 10, 2014

Sometimes you have to hit the reset button.

Sometimes a few doors must close for one to open.

Sometimes you have to check out in order to check in.

Sometimes you outgrow yourself.

Sometimes it is time to make the first of many changes.

Sometimes you have to let go, edit, simplify, delete.

Sometimes something is good, but you know there is better.

Sometimes you get a distinct feeling of focus.

Sometimes only you know the answer.

Sometimes it happens.

Sometime is now.

April 1, 2014

on paper

oil on gessoed paper; Lisa Kellner

oh....sooooo good!

oil on gessoed paper; Lisa Kellner

I don't do this
for you

I do it

is everything

 saves me

oil on gessoed paper; Lisa Kellner

"The work is a source of uncertainty rather than enhanced knowledge,
at least at this stage.
And you wonder if anything productive
could come from this uncertainty,
an uncertainty made manifest on many levels:
aesthetic, material, perceptual,

-excerpt from Apparently Invisible
Selections, Spring 2009
The Drawing Center, NYC

March 24, 2014

Summoning the sound

Ethereal Objects; Lisa Kellner

"When you give up the idea of right and wrong
you don't get anything
What you do is get rid of everything
freedom from ideas and responsibility


You can't get away from what you have to do
They arrive at an interior balance
like there shouldn't need to be anything added


That's the way to freedom"

pp 38-39

Ethereal Objects; Lisa Kellner

Are you ready to give up everything?

Ethereal Objects; Lisa Kellner

I am.

March 14, 2014

As Night; Lisa Kellner

And I talked to Jesus at the sewer
And the Pope said it was none of his God-damned business

While the rain drank champagne
My Estonian Archangel came and got me wasted

Cause the sweetest kiss I ever got
 is the one I've never tasted

Cause my heart's become a crooked hotel full of rumours
But it's I who pays the rent for these fingered-face out-of-tuners

Cause I see my people trying to drown the sun
In weekends of whiskey sours

Cause how many times can you wake up in this comic book
 and plant flowers?

excerpts from 'Cause'


March 3, 2014

studio shapes
(and sounds)


"My object in painting pictures is to try and move the senses
by giving an intensification of reality.
Whether this can be achieved depends on how
intensely the painter understands and feels
for the person or object of his choice."


Ethereal Objects; Lisa Kellner

"Painters who deny themselves the representation of life and limit
their language to purely abstract forms
are depriving themselves of the possibility of provoking
more than an aesthetic emotion."



"The subject must be kept under closest observation:
if this is done, day and night, the subject - he, she or it - will
eventually reveal the all without
which selection itself is not possible;
they will reveal it, through some and every facet
of their lives or lack of life..."



Quotes taken from
Lucian Freud
'Some Thoughts on Painting'
Encounter Magazine