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What a painting "means" is useless and has likely always been so.

The new freedom will be to own our own experience of what is being viewed. The notion that anyone can "know" what the artist intended is preposterous. All the knowledge in the world about what was in the artist's mind can never get you inside the artists head.

My own paintings have never been about what I had to say or what I was trying to communicate---they have always been about the viewer having their own experience---whatever that might be---and owning that experience.

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    Dec 8 2012: o.k.now...the real question is...about the viewer and their own experience...and owning,it ,maybe owning one of your paintings if you sell them..i am guessing now....so what do your paintings look like ? and I will try to imagine my point of view....which luckily imagination is my specialty....(not spelling) and does that mean no mater what I see you will feel proud that I made the attempt..no matter what I say is my personal view?If so I am willing to risk telling you what I think...but maybe you dont care,or it is uninteresting to you...I myself am utilitarian so I see everything as useful and connected and care alot...I have a hard time disconnecting..so being careful with my crafts means I hurt others less and ultimately I do less harm to my own wide open psyche....there seems to be no way to observe extensively without sucking up all the surrounding data.
    • Dec 8 2012: Carolyn, your experience of my paintings would just be your own experience---how could I have a problem with that :) Art lives on long after we die and people still have experiences with it---the presence or opinion of the artist certainly does not matter then and most likely does not really matter now. Could my feelings be hurt? Possibly but that has more to do with me than the viewer and is not what we are talking about. If you want to see what my work is like you can easily find it by googling my name + "art." Art, like love, just is---as soon as we give it reasons it ends.
    • Dec 9 2012: Oh why make it difficult :)
      http://buellinspections.com/art

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