Richard Tuttle :: Watercolor on lined notebook paper

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Richard Tuttle :: Watercolor on lined notebook paper

Do you remember that time you stupidly went to the modern artgallery with your football buddy who thinks of art as “the new raven’s logo is pretty cool, actually.” You both came upon a small piece rope tacked to the wall and your friend says: “that’s not art. I could’ve done that. Hand me a piece of rope.” Oh wait, that’s not you. That was me. Nevertheless, you might have come across post-#minimalistRichard Tuttle, who’s largely considered the grand-daddy of that art form. Tuttle appeals to other artists as his art is highly imaginative and very#subtle. I’ve heard more than one observer whisper bigdamndeal or similar under their breath in passing his “Watercolor on lined notebook paper,” terribly represented above. You can’t really see it from the photo, but there are stains of watercolor on lined notebook paper. Each piece ofpaper is framed in a natural, unstained wooden frame. I chose this because it speaks very loudly to me: “Look for the beauty in the#cacophony of the routine.” Notebook paper is ugly. Everyday. Utilitarian. Watercolor is simple beauty. He didn’t choose beautiful paper. He didn’t choose expensive oil paints. He didn’t paint the entire page. In fact, this piece of art is more about what he didn’t say, than what he did. Voila! That’s minimalism. Big impact with small strokes. Basic water color contrasted against regular lined notebook paper. Beauty is all around us. Keep your eye open for the simple beauties in life. Come to think of it, though, the Ravens logo is rather beautifully minimalistic. BTW: The Seattle Art Museum is hosting a collection on minimalism. Get over there before it disappears completely.