I had a mystical experience with a painting yesterday. Larry Poons’s Han-San Cadence is marvelous. No photograph can do it justice. It's almost laughable how this looks on the screen. In person, it's 6′ high and 12′ wide. The disks are almost sculptural on top of the ethereal golden background and the complimentary colors cause the entire surface to dance before your eyes. The size makes it a complete environment. It’s on view in Color as Field at the Denver Art Museum and I can't wait to go see it again.
I love these surprises. After a weekend of reading my entire book out loud (out loud!) and spending yesterday morning proofreading the index, I needed to get out. I wasn’t expecting a Wow moment, but I had one. Its moments like these that give you a jolt and make you darned happy to be an artist or at least working with artists. I all them Ecstatic Encounters, after an NPR interview I heard with Frank Stella, when he was talking about experiencing Barnett Newman's paintings.
By the way, the Poons painting is in the collection of the Des Moines Art Center–a fabulous museum to visit if you’re anywhere nearby.
Care to share what makes you ecstatic to be an artist?
Image: Larry Poons, Han-San Cadence. Collection of the Des Moines Art Center. (No copyright credit given.)