Monday, June 18, 2012

Stillness of Abandoned Buildings

I see so many photographs of old and abandoned buildings. Houses... factories... mills... barns. I've made a few photos of abandoned houses myself. There are quite a lot of them in certain rural parts of Maine. We seem to be more drawn to the old than the new. At least lately. Maybe it's because we as a society are aging. Maybe it's because I'm aging and so that is what I notice...other things that are aging. 

Looking at old and abandoned buildings, we can't help but think about what they may have been like in its prime, who the people were who lived there, what events took place in the buildings, and why they were abandoned. An old building holds memories...and mystery. And it holds on tight, because an old and abandoned building is still. No people coming and going and no sounds from appliances or furnaces. Just a dead silence. A stillness. A stillness that is thick and dense and fearsome. A stillness that you can feel rub against you as you walk through it. A stillness that pulls you in and won't let go. 

Perhaps this explains our interest in old and abandoned buildings. It's the stillness.

Photograph: Marko Susla. James Van Campen Farmhouse.
From Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Still Point IV


Monday, June 11, 2012

The Magnificence of Stillness

Susan Johnson Bergin. Bishop's Beach.
The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.
--Bruce Lee 

Here is another piece that relays the essence of Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Still Point IV. The artist finds something, and, through art, makes it still. The artist has made still the moving of the tides, made still the rhythm of the universe. Look deep into this image for several minutes and reflect upon your experiences of the tides and the ocean. Appreciate the magnificence of stillness.

June 11, 2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Lesson in Stillness

Jean Noon. After.
This piece is from our current show, Still Point IV. It really captures the essence of the show...art holding the artist's vision in stillness. But there is so much more to this seemingly simple piece. It exudes happiness, flexibility, delight, and joy, and, when I look at this image, that is what I see held in stillness. Such a lesson in this simple piece...holding these qualities and keeping them still.