|New Hat Old Mirror Same Old Self charcoal and watercolor on paper 13.5 x 10|
My son and daughter-in-law visited the Kirk Mangus exhibit at the Cleveland MOCA while in the area over Christmas and brought home a brochure. Mangus' work was completely free and original and seemed to lack our prejudicial notion of harmony and beauty. He said, "Beauty is a figment of the imagination. It is also completely controlled by prejudices".
From the brochure and the artist Soetsu Yanagi:
A true artist is not one who chooses beauty in order to eliminate ugliness, he is not one who dwells in a world that distinguishes between the beautiful and the ugly, but rather he is one who has entered the realm where strife between the two cannot exist.
This work was done from life in my studio while looking into an antique mirror with many imperfections.