“Absolute: Thread” Strings Soft Notes On Antique German Violin
by Daric Gill
There are times where the whisper is more powerful than the roar. “Absolute: Thread” is that voice– simple, soft, and strong.
By its very nature, this antique German violin seduces the viewer with little additional help needed. Its warm hue and alluring curves beg for your attention. Starting off with such a powerful object is a heavy weight that requires finesse to balance. If not handled delicately this weight could amplify the tone of the work with phrases that ripple the wrong voice. Read on to find out why I chose the phrasing that I did.
Pull up a stool, put a few quarters in the jukebox, and let me pour you a tall glass of soul. Today I debut my latest painting, “Absolute: Struggle”. That’s right, we’re about to get our blues on and it’s never been so blood red.
“Absolute: Struggle” ain’t your run of the mill moody-broody piece that emotes for the sake of being dark. That’s not my style. No, this piece ranks among my most pure soul-inspired paintings to date. It’s part of my deep blues repertoire. And I feel like the most potent blues aren’t merely explorations in pain, but rather a catharsis by the trumpeting of hope through tribulation. For every edge of despair there’s a modicum of pure unbridled exaltation in how one can still feel deeply.
This is one of the absolutes in our lives – that we can (and often do) have a duality of conflicting emotions that are so pervasively deep and yet so polar opposite. I set out to portray this abstract concept in this painting. Like with all blues, nobody wants to hear your song if it’s not a self-portrait of soul. So swill your spirits and scoot closer to the bar. This solo continues after the image.