The Wait

Waiting. Waiting for a pot to boil, for the daylight to change, for the rain to fall, for a flower to bloom—some processes take time, and so waiting is a natural and unavoidable state. For an art that aims to be nature rather than represent it, patience is skill, and technique. Kafka had something to say about this, a quote I have always found very moving and inspiring:

“There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it can’t do otherwise; in raptures it will writhe before you.”

That’s an artistic technique, one that apparently Gaitonde used quite well.

VSGaitonde, Untitled 1977

VSGaitonde, Untitled 1977

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