We organize according to many different principles, which helps us to focus, discriminate, set boundaries, make sense of what is by intentionally limiting the endless possibilities that occur and grow potentially with the intensity, quality, and time of our engagement with an idea, an object, a story, the work.
Defining these boundaries is what I call a concept.
That concept is the basis, the starting point, of our investigation.
The boundary is self-inflicted and self-executed. But the boundary is only the frame within which everything happens temporarily.
The most important part of submitting to a concept is to question it, oppose it, entirely give up on it if necessary. As it is evolving, the work grows naturally beyond the framework within which it initially appeared. That growth can occur intellectually, spiritually or plain objectively.
The findings within and beyond the frame are the openings into the unknown, the unimagined, the impossible.
So the artwork is the door, the mind is the key, the opening is connecting and transcending, the returning into collective consciousness out of which the work emerged in the first place, in the beginning.
The cycle is complete and new beginnings can emerge.
Selection is always subjective, limiting, belittling, always a negotiation with the truth. That is why it is crucial to understand the necessity of complete surrendering to what really is, in all its complexities, so that the process can begin.
Openings are possibilities, challenging of ideas, focusing through limitation.
With every new opening new information gets transmitted, transferred from consciousness into reality. Which is one and the same.
Stephen Mitchell - Translation of the Tao Te Ching - Verse 14:
Look, and it can't be seen.
Listen, and it can't be heard.
Reach, and it can't be grasped. Above, it isn't bright.
Below, it isn't dark.
it returns to the realm of nothing.
Form that includes all forms,
image without an image,
subtle, beyond all conception. Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is not end.
You can't know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
Just realize where you come from:
This is the essence of wisdom.