The life of artist, photographer, traveler, and writer Steven Boone. Steven was born in Chicago but now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. His paintings are widely collected, and also included in the permanent collections of the US Department of Interior and The Foundation Van Gogh D'Arles, in Arles, France.
Boone lost his daughter to cancer when she was nineteen. His award-winning book, called "A Heart Traced in Sand" recall his experiences with her living and dying.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Ice-cream Hangup, by Steven Boone
I enjoy surprise in life and art. Surprise is what
challenges our perception, and makes us wonder. Most people prefer predictability because it offers a sense of safety of sorts, and scientists
need the laws of nature to be fixed in order to compute and invent, but oddity
and absurdity are never far away. In fact, chaos is ever present, and
scientists must allow for it in equations. This is why weather will never be
absolutely predictable. All living things depend on predictability to survive and
prosper, but the universe will forever be playing tricks.
In art, the arena allows for chaos and surprise. The
surrealists made paintings depicting melting watches, flying cows, or trees
growing in mid-air. Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) painted bold portraits with faces that had two eyes
on one side and a mouth on the other.
Portrait by Pablo Picasso
I like the unusual, and it often comes into my artwork as well.