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The Creative Process of the Artist

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In this article, I want to start an investigation about the creative processes of artists and the knowledge used in creating art. Let me start by introducing the concept of analytical spaces.

In a previous article I have described the concept of analytical spaces, developed by my friend Kurt Ammon, as a theory of knowledge. Amon views knowledge and the objects it refers to as developing together and he exemplifies this with an example from engineering:

If a team of engineers has developed a new product such as a car or an airplane which is put on market, weak points of such a product are recognized after some time and the product is revised and improved. This process is repeated many times. The knowledge of the engineers about the product and the product itself form analytical spaces. At any given point in time, the engineers have only incomplete knowledge…

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    • Götz had an interesting process. He first applied wallpaper paste to the paper or canvas. As a result, the paste does not go into the paper or canvas immediately and he can move it arround with the squeegee. I think he used some kind of gouache paint for this. The way he described the process, he tried to work as fast as possible so the process would not be disturbed to much by consciousness. However, he made careful plans and sketches.
      If you can make it to come to Germany, there is a big exhibition now in Duisburg. It will later be shown in Wiesbaden. A very fascinating exhibition.

    • Indeed. And the resulting paintings are fantastic. Karl Otto Götz just became 100 years old in March and he is still alive, although he is now blind.
      Götz used wallpaper paste on the paper or canvas first. He then uses gouache paint that is relatively liquid. Because of the wallpaper past, the paint does not immediately go into the paper, so he can then still move it arround. There is a fantastic exhibition now in Duisburg. It was in Berlin before and will go on to Wiesbaden. There are also some smaller exhibitions in different museums in Germany. This painter was the teacher of Gerhard Richter and some others.

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