I pulled Will Gompertz’ modern art book off the library shelf, it fell open at the chapter on abstract art.
A conversation I’d had at the last collective meeting about reading round themes and researching ideas encouraged me to take an unexpected half hour at the local library that morning. I was supposed to be dropping off a painting at the gallery next door but had arrived too early.
With few distracting illustrations or plates to flick through – I’m guessing it was published for the Google generation who have a world of images at their fingertips – I started taking notes on an artist new to me called Frantisek Kupka, a member of a Paris-based movement called Orphism. Mr. G describes, in typically eloquent detail, a painting of Kupka’s which is made up of a series of circles and discs; an exploration of our relationship with outer space and the planets; how the sun, the moon and the planets relate to each other and to us. As I continued reading I discovered the first satisfying coincidence of the morning: Kupka painted this moon inspired painting in 1910 and prophetically entitled it First Step.
Thirty minutes soon passed and I returned the art book to the shelf. The painting I was dropping off was for an exhibition of work created in response to poems written locally during WWI.
I had been drawn to this poem called “Address to the Moon” and had created a piece inspired by the numerous ways the moon is described in the poem.
A satisfying synchronicity.