Miles Mathis on the ‘immediacy’ of paintings

“The non-linearity of painting makes it less abstract than the other arts. By this I mean that it requires fewer or less elaborate mental constructs for its comprehension. It is immediate aesthetic gratification, in both senses of “immediate”. It happens quickly, and without linguistic or other complex intermediaries.”

Miles Mathis


Notes: Mathis suggests that painting is not linear because ones experience of it is not temporal as it would be for a piece of writing or music which has a beginning and an end separated by time.

Blog article: Writing and Painting, Part 2, Why a painter paints, by Miles Mathis

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