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Cliff Briggie

Abstract art

March 11, 2015

An artist using different types of media to create beautiful abstract images.

I make photographic images by opening heart and mind to their naturally wakeful state—a vivid, raw, intimate experience—like licking honey from a razor blade. Choice of subject is guided by what Brad Wise calls the hidden energies within ordinary objects. I have found that extraordinary and ordinary are simply different points of view.

I have been inspired by a line from Rilke’s poem THE WAY IN: Whoever you are, some evening take a step out of your house, which you know so well, enormous space is near… So, perhaps infinite space is right in the midst of our day-to-day life. At the same time, nothing special… very ordinary. But then, familiarity gives way to shock and awe as we come eye to eye with life’s inconceivable spaciousness and vastness. Still we wonder–is this nonsense, clarity, fantasy, or the true nature of reality?

The viewer brings his or her own experience and sentiments to the viewing. Their world view then collides with art and artist, resulting in resonance, annoyance, recognition, excitement, or boredom. Or, as my young friends say, It is what it is and It’s all good.

Words by Cliff Briggie

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Transient Art refers to the fact that everything changes–you cannot go back to the same stream, person, or object and make the same photograph. Even a moment later the light and subject have changed. My favorite subjects are ice, water, and other liquids. Their ever-changing states–and transitions, for example, of ice freezing and melting–have never lost their grip on my imagination.

A photograph captures a MOMENT–too brief to see. Within the moment is a FLASH–color, form, or movement–always different, always extraordinary. A photograph FREEZES the moment. Ice, light, and water move, morph, flash, and change. Little pieces of paint take on a life of their own, suddenly exploding, colors streaming everywhere–CLICK–and then, they are gone forever. It is at once so breathtaking, heartbreaking, and compelling that I have missed more than a shot or two — this is the world and wonder of Transient Art.


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