Saturday, December 03, 2016

"Adventuring Amidst Naive Artistry..."

After gathering, preparing, and designing upon stony dimensions for so long. Then painting, coating, and eventually anonymously placing the Summit Stones for many years now, I find myself pondering again about the innocent nature of 'naive art'.
Not only do I see myself as an ordinary adventurer, I also perceive such artistic muses to be available to us all as many adventurers are artists and poets.
Naive artists are seen to be of simple origins.
That resonates well with me because as the National Museum of Naive Art presents: "The vast majority of so-called 'naive artists' are self-taught, and come from humble backgrounds. They often choose to remain anonymous... Their works are the products of instinct, spontaneity and experience, a reflection of very personal sensitivities. They claim no affiliation with any artistic theory or influence. Each one of these artists invents their own means of expression". 
They say further: "Naive Art possesses a characteristic innocence and sincerity of vision. With its bright colors, flattened perspective and sometimes unskilled brushstrokes. But hidden behind this apparent candor resides elaborate technical and optical conventions, conscious stylisation and visual harmony. The simplification found in the genre is more often a means of pushing to the limits the boundaries of figuration and thus creating a more powerful, very direct visual and emotional impact".
ArtHistoryGuide.Com describes Naive Art or 'Outsider Art' as: "Representing memories, dreams, fantasies and scenes from life with an emphasis on color and shapes. 'Naive' is often associated with Folk Art."
The Gallery of International Naive Art also shares some perspectives on these modest artistic efforts in seeing that: "Whatever our association with the term 'naive art', one is struck with the near universal appeal of this exhilarating art form. Perhaps the appeal stems from the celestial, joy-inspiring palette of colors chosen by naive artists to portray their subjects. Maybe it is the genre's simplicity. Or could it be the timeless nature of the subject matter, reminding us of opportunities missed, of wondrous roads less traveled. The naive artist - often self-taught - treats us to a uniquely literal, yet extremely personal and coherent vision of what the world was, is or should be".
A well known Brazilian naive artist, J. Ardies, sees the naive artist themselves as believing: "That the magic of Art may help man to turn to the simpler things of life".
Painting upon these small rocks is only an attempt to express ideas about the elements of nature, of adventure, and of meaning, inspiration & motivation.
This painted stone endeavor is only a simple effort too that hopefully may invite ripples of reflection on giving back within our adventures, and upon passing forward about wild places...".   DSD  

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