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These Words Escape Me
On my paintings
By Thorbjørn Bechmann, 2019
None uf os can ever regain the innocence of experience we knew before art theory. -Da kunsten endnu ikke skulle retfærdiggøre sig selv,
men blot var en oplevelse.(sic)
When one did not ask what an artwork said, - but
experienced what it did.
Today, the idea of an artwork is deeply rooted in the
conceptual. We look for the IDEA behind the artwork. And this ”BEHIND” may be a problem. Does that not suggest that we are NOT looking at the
artwork? I would like to suggest that looking for interpretation is looking for something else than the artwork. And when looking for interpretation you need
representation. I would like to suggest that representation makes you look for something else than the actual artwork.
Good art ”does something” to us. It makes us nervous, it makes us happy, it drags our attention, it has unheimlichkeit or makes us happy. It does things to
us. To interpret, to look for meaning, is a way of taming art. Of getting control and placing art within what we know. To make it no longer do things to us.
I try with my work to be transparent. And by being that, pointing to the luminuous quality of the world. To regain my senses, - and hopefully the senses of the viewer, - to feel more.
I cut back content so I can see, not think; Feel, not understand. I would, with my pictures like to suggest an other way of experiencing. An other way of sensing the world.
- This text is loosely based on snippets and loans from essays by Susan Sontag.