|The Mill 1947 Max Beckmann|
The best part of the talk for me was the unusual chance to stand in front of a painting for an hour. Sometimes I give something a few minutes. It's those minutes that give you a fresh feeling when you exit the museum. In my studio I often look at things for hours - days - but its more grueling, self-depreciating kind of looking. Or sometimes I wander a museum trying to greedily have those experiences over and over. But usually there's only one in each visit.
|James Lavadour (via LLOSO)|
Lavadour tends to lean too much on the spiritual side for my taste. But considering his background, I don't think his talk about "the cosmos" is all that uncalled for.
At the end of the night though, prompted by a question about painting or doing things while walking, he said something to the effect of (paraphrasing here): "I sometimes might, but you don't really need to. When you walk your absorbing everything around you anyway. The bumps in the ground, the air - you're remembering everything even if you don't realize it."
UPDATE: Here is an edited video of Lavadour's talk. But it doesn't cover his question and answer period. That's where I think he really got talking.