2016 Faculty Exhibit
acrylic paintings (visual works)
Art and Design | Art Practice | Painting
La Caverna Vermella, made of acrylic on canvas, measures 68 inches by 74 inches.
I believe in the cathartic, even redemptive power of art and beauty—even terrible beauty, insofar as it has the ability to still mental chatter and ground the artist and the viewer.
To me, the redemptive power of art is most evident when the mind reaches its end point, when prior experience has no correlate in the present and yet one is able to register a mark on a surface, a response to the stillness and sometimes turbulence of the intersection of time and mind.
I court images that are not previously known or named, in passages that hint at luminous sources often behind "the thicket” of confusion, unresolved flux and serendipity.
I want to make the work a new thing in the world without referent; an image that is not “about" in any sense but instead is transcendent while paradoxically and emphatically present; a new aspect of the natural world infused with the human hand, eye and mind.
I conceive of the artist as a disrupter (of the stiffness of spirit that our habitual ways of thinking and perceiving makes us) but also as a healer and a magician of perception.
While the analytic mind taxonomically divides and names, through painting I seek to put things back together again.
Mills de Pinyas, Ronald, "La Caverna Vermella" (2015). 2016 Faculty Exhibit. Image. Submission 7.
This work appeared in the 2016 Faculty Exhibit, an exhibition presented by the Nils Lou Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Linfield College during September 2016. Image courtesy of Ronald Mills de Pinyas.