Greenwich Village. Bongos, coffeehouses, beat poets, jazz.
The area is known as the birthplace of many an influential artist in almost every genre. Which is why I was not surprised to find this important piece hanging in a major gallery nestled in the heart of the Village's vital art scene.
Change Is Immobile and I am Permanent (Paint on Board, 1997)
DelRay Shaggits, Art Critic for Modern City Life, explains the artist's importance in this recent essay:
Born in 1926, Fiordal Doorke began exhibiting in 1952 and continues to this day. He is one of the important protagonists of L'Art Informel and his work is inspired by the desire of the postwar generation to create a universal human language through art, a path to peace, a way to overcome frontiers after the horrors of war. Doorke's work is greatly influenced by jazz, and especially by dance.
Of this piece, he stated:
Doorke's marks articulate matter on a surface so that it becomes an objective correlative of sensations such as, say, looking without focusing, looking fixedly, looking out of windows, looking into darkness, seeing things grow, seeing them sicken, seeing the passing of a day, feeling threatened, feeling nothing, feeling elated, feeling tears prick the back of one's eyes.
Do you agree with his theories?