Friday, 20 February 2015
the welcoming darkness below
Another example from my archives. Upper left is a photo of Donald Judd's untitled installation of large stainless steel boxes. Photo of nurse and patient was taken in a World War I field hospital. Abstract below them is one of Jasper Johns's series of "Grey" paintings.
The original title for this collage was just "the darkness below." I added "welcoming" in the hope of conveying that I don't think darkness has a valence of being "bad." Darkness is simply itself, and sometimes it's in a welcoming mood.
Why I chose it as an example: the shiny stainless steel sink does evoke the idea of someone's life going down the drain, but it also brings a lot of light into what would otherwise be a pretty dark collage.