There are more to come of these monochromatic blots. I made well over sixty…
Hello All, it has been a while. I am going to upload some examples of my most recent blot paintings. Even as I do this I have moved on to experimentation with color. Rorschachs, according to art historian and critic, Patricia Sloane in a 1960 wonderful article critiquing this approach to art and aesthetics, are very interesting when they are monochromatic or achromatic (See: The Ink Blot Test, “Psychodiagnostics” and Hermann Rorschach’s Aesthetic Views. Author(s): Patricia SloaneSource: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Autumn, 1970), pp. 105-119.) She posited that, “ Hermann Rorschach was among several major figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who attempted, in one way or another, to formulate a theoretical basis for a
visual aesthetic.” (page 106 of the reference just cited). Ms. Sloane thought that Rorschach was not as successful with the use of color as he was with bisymmetic forms. I generally agree with her statement and I have spent most of the summer addressing this weakness. I will soon share some of my discoveries with you but until then I just want to weigh in with my monochromatic work. I would like to point out that while this work does not make a unique contribution to this form of work, as far as formalism is concerned, it is very much informed by my Psychoanalytic work and the images were chosen for their evocative power as opposed to, for example, the decorative style of a Warhol Rorschach.
I should point out that my advisor at Brooklyn College, Archie Rand, pointed out that the viewer’s capacity to dialougue with my Rorschach images would be enhanced by treating them like paintings. So, I committed to making them on canvas and stretching them. Most of the paintings that I made this past spring were 24 by 30 inches. I no longer impose my own visual associatons to the Rorschach as that inteferes with the viewer’s capacity to formulate an independent response.