Palm Springs loves mid-century anything, especially in February when Modernism Week takes over our calendars. While we celebrate great architecture, art, and all that Palm Springs has to offer, here is a small exhibition providing some emotional balance to the unyielding optimism of the mid-century. What follows are four artists exploring the dark matters.
Stephen Baumbach asks, “What if we could see your thoughts on the outside?” and Vismara (pages 54-55) explains, “We attempt to disguise our darkest emotions with lightness so that others are unable to see the depth of our desolation. We paint on smiles and status (in life and on Facebook) so there is no hint of our true emotions. Our darkest feelings present themselves in degrees, like the painter’s shades of black. And, like the painter, we layer lightheartedness - gray on black, ivory on gray, white on ivory - to convince ourselves (and others) that the blackness isn’t quite so deep. We dis-remember that, like the murmuration of a flock of birds, there is beauty in the darkness...”
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”
“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance,
the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe,
are challenged by this point of pale light.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.”
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
Martin Luther King Jr.