Painting is a search for true self and true authenticity in a time governed by the very perils that the Existentialists prophesied decades ago. We have become a homogenized society that fears the individual. Art gives voice to the individual. A revelation of true individualistic self.
Painting is the essence of cathartic transcendence. One transcends time, reality and the now; Nothing takes precendent in the moment that is invested in the ritualistic practice of catharsis. Manifesting and spilling itself on the canvas. It consumes without notice. Taking you to the depths. The depths of repressed and unconscious. The raw expanse of human emotion. The piece is the ultimate culmination of the ritualistic practice.
I believe that truly great art is participatory. In all great abstract art, the maze of abstraction demands the focus of the spectator. Within that labyrinth, a veiled imagery reveals itself. What shapes the imagery are the experiences, feelings and memories that are solely unique the to spectator. That allows for various readings of a single piece.
When I paint, it is as much about the process, or the path, than it is the piece itself. That in part draws from the COBRA movement, who placed a greater emphasis on the process.
All art published on Subterranean Atlas or mattschinner.com is created by Matt Schinner.