What is it about these brightly colored dots that speak to me? Is it the simplicity, the memory of the excitement I felt opening a fresh box of Crayola crayons when I was young and innocent?
The Complete Spot paintings by Damien Hirst will be on view at all 11 Gogosian Galleries around the world thru February. This is the first time a single artist has taken over ALL the galleries.
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I was always a colorist, I’ve always had a phenomenal love of color… I mean, I just move color around on its own. So that’s where the spot paintings came from—to create that structure to do those colors, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of color.
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Apparently the spot paintings represent the randomness in this world. The colors are chosen arbitrarily. If the painting comes off as successful; then it is unsuccessful. Endless multiplicity should give us reason to pause and consider each as part of a whole ~ going on into infinity. This might be the only time that is really possible, given his paintings sell for millions and it's rare to see so many in one place.
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Whatever meaning is ascribed to them, I just find them visually exciting, just like Damien's spin art collection.
I can't speak about the dots without mentioning the spin art paintings. I love them too! The effectiveness of the design on a round canvas also has me swooning every time I see one.
Can you imagine walking in to your home every day and being greeted by that? It's like a giant smile.
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What are your thought's on Mr. Hirst's exuberant work?