Art is supposed to make you think. The other night, we saw the movie â€œThe Late Quartetâ€ one scene in which features Christopher Walken at The Frick with Catherine Keener. Walken admires one painting,self portrait of 1658, and describes to Keener what the artist is thinking about his age and times.
Some art makes you feel. Some artists make you feel what the artist was feeling when the art was made. Some art tries to show you what the artist was seeing. I think of Kandinsky who could see and hear colors (synesthesia) and he painted what he saw and heard.
I came across the artist Steve Prachyl who uses grinding as a sketching technique, drawing on pristine sheets of soft silvery aluminum. Heâ€™s intrigued with texture and light, trying to capture the changes of light in a room or the fleeting images we get through a window.
For me, when I view his work, I am reminded of all the sci-fi stories of time travel or space travel through wormholes. Wormholes are theoretical shortcuts through space and time, caused by the bending of the time continuum. His metal wall art is filled with motion and seems to move and change color as the light moves.
His metal wall art also reminded me of society today. Filled, as it is, with the conflict between forces that are remaking our society. I am uneasy at the rapid change and wish for a more peaceful and less stressful time. Yet, what is more stressful than the farmer battling drought and dust storms to feed his family or protect his home.
The intent of Steve Prachylâ€™s metal wall art is to cause the viewer of his works to â€œâ€¦drift off into hypnotic thought, perhaps into a trance like state. Or at the very least achieve a sense of euphoria.â€ He certainly achieved that with me.