URBAN THOUGHTS by
RICHARD ANNUNZIO MOQUIN
URBAN THOUGHTS is a series of paintings that explores various nuances of urban life, responding to the way in which the city makes an imprint on human lives. There is an overall structure to it, but it is filled with the distractions and disruptions one experiences on a daily basis.
The use of the square and various other geometric shapes are an obvious reference to the architectural layout of the city, and also plays a role in shaping human behavior and activity. The Urban Landscape, as opposed to a non-urban one, either suburban or rural, is interpreted in this way.
This “landscape” also includes visual phenomena to which, when confronted on a day-to-day basis, one often becomes oblivious. I am interested in bringing attention and awareness to that fact, along with its psychological and/or paradoxical implications, through the use of urban signs, symbols and phrases that may enter into one’s vocabulary and experience during their daily routine.
Knowing that, the “One Way” also suggests “Another Way”. And the “Way In is the Way Out”, and “Breaking In” is also “Breaking Out”, and so it continues. All of these aspects are connected, melding one into another, and have no means of separation.
PRESENCE IN ABSTRACTION by
“The Tristan (and Isolde) drama (opera) is and remains a marvel to me. I am more and more unable to understand how I could produce such a thing. The greatest art is the artless and comes as a surprise to the artist” .
- Composer Richard Wagner to his friend Frau Wesendonck
Remaining poised in a state of unknown potentiality while working on a piece of art is a key practice. Sometimes, in this state, unbidden and exciting ideas on how to proceed appear to me. A certain color, line or form “comes to mind” directing me to take actions that create the art. My awareness of this intuitive/spiritual process is constantly blooming. I have a distinctive experience of union with the creative process that is larger than life. It is ultimately an exciting mystery. A maturing discipline of patience is constantly developing with long periods of waiting and listening before, during and after a creative action is applied to the work.
I have earned through many creative trials a degree of effortlessness in making an artwork and hence I am less mired in endless attachments to controlling the elements used to create fine works of art. Instead I have developed a deeper trust in “receiving within” what to do next on the work. This is very liberating. Ongoing struggle continues to happen and strengthens my work. It signals growth. Reason is shadowed by the power of passion. What is universally beautiful and truthful is in constant flux and I believe it expresses itself through me. What goes into making my art is often experienced as transpersonal. The process of creating a work of art is now less from my control and instead more by the power of grace.
Photos on homepage from left to right: Urban Thoughts, Richard Annunzio Moquin, 2009; Presence No. 25, Peter Scaturro, 2014, Watercolor on paper