I have watched this mini documentary on David Salle’s painting so many times since I first watched it over a year ago:

Salle raises ideas about the surface of the painting vs. the illusion of depth that have really stuck with me.

The idea of the painting being a surface, that your eyes roam over, coming into the space of the painting and then back out to the surface of paint repeatedly.

He talks about how a gripping painting is both shocking to the eyes when first seen but it also keeps you in front of it for a time. That is a successful painting in his eyes.

These ideas have become important to me. I wanted to record this here.

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