13 June 2014

Keith Haring, Journals (November 12, 1978)

p22:  Drawing pictures in the snow is the most perfect example of my attempts to create a perfect form.  Inevitably the snow is in constant change: There is no way to control its permanency or its form.  Drawing in the snow is like trying to paint a picture that will record specific thoughts at a specific time.  You draw fast and you are always aware that you are creating something very temporary, very auto-destructive, very instant.  It goes quickly and there is not time to worry about it.  It is important for the experience, for the time it exists and the time it has occupied in a never-ending process of creation/construction and destruction.  A circle.  It is possible to reach the highest levels of instantaneous response recorded in spontaneous method and representative of purest through when you are working with the knowledge that the work you create is temporary, insignificant in a broader sense, significant in an immediate sense, a perfect representation of time passing, time existing.  Then you realize you are reacting instead of acting.  Responding instead of contriving.  Art instead of imitation.  Primal response.  Humanistic attempts at succeeding time.
This, I feel, is the advantage to creating art at this point in time: When we realize that we are temporary, we are facing our self-destruction, we are realizing our fate and we must confront it.  Art is the only sensible primal response to an outlook of possible destruction (obliteration).