03 May 2008

looking at Marsden Hartley's New Mexico work

he began with pastels. they are representational & usually exquisite. then came the oils. he was here for just a bit more than a year. however abt 4 years later while in Berlin he began a series of New Mexico Recollections which are more abstract.

I'm fascinatd by this kind of vision. work -- while visual or in words -- seems to be more detaild when of the moment. but stepping back we fetch from our past what matters.

there is equal value in reportage & memory work. perhaps reporting is more skill & recollecting a deeper art. lookd at side by side provides a sweet journey.

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