I'm no authority in the genres of artwork, yet I think what is generally termed postmodernism, in which the brilliant Agnes Martin and her washed-out, virtually colorless approach to the canvas was well known, can hold a timeless beauty by influencing all of our lives.
The act of an unconventional, skeptical, and most importantly for these purposes - subtle view - of anything which allows it to stand on its own merits, to strip away the loud, hustling, full-color sales pitch coming at us; to question, after all, what it is we're really looking at? The thing itself, or the advertisement of the thing? And this examination can include both our own selves and others; and both personally and professionally.
And if it does, it doesn't need to be sold - it can just be bought.
|They didn't have to sell themselves to anyone.|
Looking back over the years, I recall the times when either I have hired a candidate for a domestic staff position available on the estate I was employed, or otherwise had produced a referral, were always the candidates who had an impressive history of skills themselves - and, seemingly, an innate talent to know what a good employee really is, and not those candidates whose resumes only screamed out some famous names, or shouted out some outlandish claims. Because those candidates who'd tried so hard to impress me with a slick pitch, to name-drop every movie star they'd ever served a drink, to convince me so hard they had navigated to each of the Saturn moons and back... something about them I just got the feeling it hadn't really happened, just got the feeling it wasn't really true and yet if it had, that splashy color didn't matter much to me, anyway. Because I knew it wasn't really looking at the thing itself... the thing which I was trying carefully to see.
Yet, those other candidates, the ones who could speak quietly, the ones who'd discreetly
|Agnes Martin: not too splashy or exciting here. |
And maybe that's a good thing.
And because of that, because of their ability to strip away the hype and simply present their honest and talented selves, as I think anyone who appreciates Ms. Martin would understand, just like the Hershey bars of my youth - I always wanted to buy them.