New Artwork up in the traditional gallery: “Trying to Lose”
Today I’m going to talk about a concept that I hold dear called Flow.
Wikipedia defines Flow as:
“…The mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”
Flow is part of why it’s worth getting to Wonderland. Flow is typically achieved when high skill meets high challenge, challenge matched to the skill of the person. By the time you get to Wonderland you’ve picked up all sorts of skills and knowledge. You take these with you and you go into a Zen-like state that is in my opinion one of the most exhilarating parts of life. Flow is also usually achieved when the person can have some sort of direct feedback as to success or failure. This enables us to grow rapidly. Pursuing flow drives us to self-improvement, to higher challenges to meet our increased skills so we can continue to flow. In this way, Wonderland is a world that drives us to become better, and it is exhilarating
Flow is also the core of my art process. Transfixation is what I value in both the creation and the experience of my artwork, and flow allows me to become transifixed in the creation of it. This is the only way for me to create artwork that is genuine. It is also the tool through which I may create artwork that may transfix the viewer.
This ended up taking a bit to explain, so join me next week for the concrete example I promised last week.
All images are (c) Earl Isbell
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