Could I have made a more minimal image that speaks so much?
I've been thinking about this paring for days now. And since there is no new work today due to the rain, I thought I'd finally try it out.
The photo on the left is my "iconic" image if I have one. Actually, I consider both of these iconic for the same reason, which is that they channel something about the infinite through the particular. On the left, I love the sense that the hanging fruit invokes a planet, perhaps the moon? And then on the right, the moon, so far away and small, with the pointer (actually the top of a dead tree on the Madame Brett Park Trail in Beacon NY) saying what? Is it aspirational? Could I have made a more minimal image that speaks so much? Just three elements in this photograph. The gray field is perhaps the underlying music of the universe. The pointer is intelligence (born of attention) unfolding within it. The tiny moon is a luminosity intelligence wishes to posses. The possiblity of understanding something, anything.
Maybe I have said too much here. You will have your own interpretations. But sometimes it helps to see the artists thinking behind the scenes. For example, would you know this painting is a decomposed landscape if you didn't know that each of its fields represents some aspect of a summer cottage the artist spent time in? I sure didn't.