Ryan Black – Artist’s Statement
I love talking about art. I love jargon and references and challenging viewpoints and deciphering meaning in other artist’s compositions. But any artist that talks about or attempts to explain their own work is in disservice to this industry because, to paraphrase Francis Bacon, explanation doesn’t deepen the mystery.
Everything to know about my paintings is either there on the canvas (or whatever the substrate), or it isn’t. Spelling it out will not make it better, just like a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it.