My attendance record is perfect. Every day this winter, without fail, I've taken a morning walk along the frozen shoreline of Aboiteau beach. Silent and vast, the white space extends out over the ice toward a razor thin horizon line. One has the sensation of walking into an abstract painting.
|Agnes Martin, "Gratitude" 2001|
"My work is non-objective. But I want people, when they look at my paintings, to have the same feelings they experience when they look at landscape, so I never protest when they say my work is like landscape. But it's really about the feeling of beauty and freedom that you experience in landscape."
I'm not so sure that beauty can be accurately mapped with an MRI scan. Stand in front of an Agnes Martin painting and let the work sink in. It doesn't really matter which areas of your brain are strongly activated - there are profound moments in human experience that just are, without cause.
The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos New Mexico is currently featuring an exhibition of early works by Agnes Martin entitled "Before the Grid".