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A Sudden Rush of Devotion, 1989 by John Young

A Sudden Rush of Devotion, 1989

oil on linen

183 x 168 cm




THE POLYCHROME PAINTINGS
1989 - 1993


Propositions for the Polychrome Paintings

"1. These paintings aim to clarify my world, my present and in that sense, they do not cite or say.

2. The choices of colours and their relation are intuitive, and sometimes by chance.

3. There are irregularities, anomalies, mistakes in these paintings, such as the coarse surface, the precarious lines, blotches of colour – all these anomalies are what may be called unconscious unique gestures in the work.

4. These works exist somewhere between the eye, brain, and what it may remind you or I of. So, it is somewhere between the optic, the concept and the memory.

5. In general more than one person executes these works. They are a relationship based on love, and the spirit for art and between artists. In that sense, these works manifest a passion.

6. The titles of these works, such as Sanctuary, The Sacred Season and Fruit (Happiness), exorcise the sanctity of this passionate relationship between artists and turn your interpretation of this relationship into banal kitsch. In that sense, once the works are finished they are emotionally exclusive and rejective of the viewer, including the artists involved.

7. The aims of these works are a sense of wonder for art, a sense of guilt about the impossibility of repeating the same, unique relationships between the artists involved from one work to the next, and following a set of predetermined rules of how to proceed with these paintings to give me a safe sense or passage."

JY 1989