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John Berry
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One or all moments
mixed media on paper
h.32cm w.37cm d.0cm
Feb 2005

John's Description: This piece came to be after a period of spiritual frustration.

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2005-06-05 05:00

Well, in theory you could have some large canvasses ready and just work out your ideas there. Just because it's a larger space, shouldn't mean it can't be spontaneous? Confronting a big canvas is a much more physical act, that's all. And your "One or all moments" image shown here seems full of a nervous physical energy. I suppose I mean it would be interesting to see the result of such energy when your whole body is involved in it's expression.

2005-06-05 05:00

Hi John - so after completing this piece, did it relieve you of the frustration you mentioned?
I get the impresson you could take on large format works - the way you cover the surface so completely. I'm sure you'd enjoy a two metre high canvas to battle with..

2005-06-05 05:00

For quite some time, yes. Partly because I really don't know where the piece"came from" - I still learn from it. The largest piece I've done was 1.4 x 1.5 meters. It was a battle for sure. But there's something about allowing the ideas to escape quickly without judgement or premeditation that excites me about smaller work. But the allure of a larger canvas allows beckons ...

2007-03-18 19:51

Hi John
I was watching your website and i love your work on paper. There is something similar with my work in a way and i dont really know what it is.
A feeling,a combination of what you see and what you feel for the picture...I dont know if you understand what i am talking about but....what i want to say is...GREAT WORK!!

2008-03-07 01:32

I definitely agree... I would love to see a large work too. The energy would tower over the viewer. I personally have a hard time doing small canvas'. I feel confined and restrained when it comes to the energy of painting. When I do a large canvas, I find myself with back straight and engaged in the painting in, as you write, a more physical act. When I paint smaller pieces I find myself hunched over the canvas and limited in my movement. I would love to see your larger work and based on the beauty and energy I would say that you would have no trouble finding the energy for a larger canvas. I definitely understand about spiritual frustration. I just heard a radio talk show by Michael Savage and he says that the greatest artist and the best artists you will find will be the people that are the most spiritually aware... Not religious... that is something different than spirituality I hope you found some resolution to your turmoil. Peace Abby


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