Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Agnes Martin Interview
She was a very nice lady. She had found the perfect peace which can usually only be found in the minds of lobotomy patients and those with downs syndrome. The peace of the vacant mind is a profoundly tempting peace. It was a manifestation of the old adage "ignorance is bliss." I think there is merit in the statement, and for those that choose it, I wish them all the best. I feel that it is a bliss that must be constantly maintained to work. A person must always remind themselves that they are happier off not knowing to be happy. It is in the end a blanket they must constantly pull over themselves. Unfortunately, I think all who follow that, in the end realize it was an exercise in self-deception. There is built in to every human a desire to know. To analyze the world and our place in it. But she is right that being certain is also a lie. I think the middle ground of always looking for answers and never being content with the answers that are found is the best route. Learning, unlearning, and relearning show us the greatest truths. It is up to time to tell if we were right or wrong, but in the process we find validation.