Thanks to Everyone!
We did it! 46 backers with 3 days to go. Great thanks to everyone! I think there are still a few pledges to be made so it looks like we’ll exceed the goal amount.
I’d like to provide you with two excerpts from a book entitled The Artist’s Reality; Philosophies on Art, by Mark Rothko. He’s finishing an essay on the myths art has represented over time and how art functions. I’m using this to speak particularly of the role of abstract art.
“Here an example from mathematics may be helpful. The letter x in algebra is definitely an abstraction in relationship to the numbers with which it can intermingle as a factor. It is true that the numbers are also an abstraction, yet x is even a further abstraction from the qualities of the numbers. Yet this letter functions in all of the calculations as a real quantity. In other words, we have a symbol which admittedly represents the unknown. Yet our faith in the system is so great – that is, our faith in the absolute relationships of all quantities – that we can affirm this symbol of the unknown as a definite, real and calculable element. We might say that the Greeks understood the quality of the unknown, but so great was their faith in order that the unknown, although always symbolized, functioned for them as a part of reality, and entered as a real attribute in all their real relationships.”
“Now, in the world of the painter, his sense of the essential and the infinite must be realized plastically. He must express his notions of reality in the terms of shapes, space, colors, rhythms, and the other plastic elements which we have previously described, for they constitute the langrage of painting, just as sound, timbres, and measures constitute that of the musician, or words and sentences that of the linguist. Or rather, the painter must represent them by means of colored shapes arranged in certain rhythms constituting certain ideated and controlled movements toward a particular effect, this effect or end being the subject of his picture.”
Thanks again for your generous support. I’m looking forward to painting.
pledged of $18,000 goal
seconds to go
Jun 24, 2011 - Aug 4, 2011
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An original handmade watercolor postcard, handmade by Chaucer Silverson, sent to you with a hand written note of thanks.
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My grateful thanks and an Enso (a Zen Circle on paper signed and stamped by Chaucer) on paper.
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An Enso and a catalog of the Insight Series.
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A landscape watercolor. Ranging in size from 5 x 7 to 12 x 14 inches. These works will include line drawings and color. I enjoy landscape work and will include some recognizable landscapes in my work on the Insight Series. These works will be offered in abstract, minimalist, and representational formats. Past locations include Europe, mountains, beaches and boats. I’ll post landscapes as they are made and you have up to one year to choose one from my website. There are currently a few examples at www.chaucersilverson.com.
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Artist Representation package. This custom service is provided as a new media management program for artists of all kinds and includes a website domain name, a website made from information, images and ideas provided by an artist that can be managed (accessed, modified, and maintained) by the artist/owner or through contract by me, an outline of a marketing program, help establishing a Google analytics Account and guidance setting up a Google AdWords account. This reward also offers two methods of taking credit cards that cost nothing to set up and maintain, only take a fee when you take a payment and allow you to set up “click to buy” sales from a website, send an invoice with method of payment to an individual, take a card over the phone or in person. This program puts artists in today’s online world of representation. This reward can be for the backer or gifted to another artist. Contact me for additional details.
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