No Inconsistencies

The previous post on one of Stella’s Polish Villages may give the impression that all works in the series are as carefully irregular. Actually, most of them seem to be perfectly reasonable. I’m not aware of how Stella sees the situation or whether he cares if line segments are parallel or continuous. In any case, there’s no law that says they have to be. He said that he gave a lot of attention to precise placement of the shapes—in that case I admire him for tweaking many of the details out of alignment. These observations are connected with my earlier thoughts about Kandinsky, and they are an aspect of my own changing feelings about abstraction. Learning doesn’t stop, and learning to be free is always worthwhile. Or better—learning to let art go free of our very natural drive to organize. That would be the advantage of geometry for abstraction—that it lets us be clearly inconsistent.

Frabnk Stella, Chodorow 2 1971

Frabnk Stella, Chodorow 2 1971

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