OUR COLUMNIST AVILA LINKS KNOWLEDGE, IDENTITY AND REPETITION (IN GENERAL AND IN THE WORK OF FRANK AUERBACH):
“Like uttering an incarnation over and over until something happens subjectively, and a kind of animistic transference happens to the utterer-artis while visually and emotionally immersed in the mutation of the worked pigment, churning it through one fugitive resemblance after another.”
I’m afraid that what usually emerges from repetition is… knowledge.
The consideration based on accepting that the foundation of our knowledge and the fundamentals of our intelligence appears at its core to be a definite repetition of experiences, takes away a great deal of cleverness and ingeniousness from the individual. The word “repetition” removes with a swift blow the outer layers of brightness and skillfulness that we have placed around our lives, to provide us with confidence and self-esteem, shielding us from what we really are, simple and limited human beings. The problem is that knowledge has its limits and if Auerbach is all about repetition of masturbating pigmentations without “jumping” into new conclusions (with the consequent result of seeing the knowledge obtained from his paintings as an object submitted to personal interpretation leaving the individual stuck to the paint) the element of personal adaptation and evolution related to the artist’s ideas is quite limited. I mean that… if you want to “imagine things,” those paintings are great, but if you want to reach conclusions, well… you’re going to have to admit to yourself that what you can see on them is… personal.’