Paintings to be Constructed in Your Head

Here’s some concepts-y’all without the art. And by just READING them, the idea of concept art changes from pompous to poetic (and fun).

PAINTINGS TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN YOUR HEAD by Tom Hendricks.
(based on Yoko Ono’s idea of paintings to be Constructed in your head from her book “Instruction Painting”)

PICK A COLOR:
Pick a color
Slash it all over the canvas
Until you’re happy.

RUB-A-WAY PAINTING:
Get a blank canvas
Let anyone who wants to, touch it.
When it’s all worn away it’s finished.

MOUNTAIN SIZE:
Paint a painting in your head.
When you’re finished, imagine it’s the size of a mountain
People are coming from all over to stare at it.
That’s a big draw!

SMELL PAINTING:
Paint a painting with no colors only smells.
Then close your eyes.
How does it look?

SHRINKING PAINTING (Exhibit For Atoms):
Paint a painting in your head.
Now imagine that it’s beginning to shrink
Just like it’s out of “Alice in Wonderland”.
It’s getting smaller … smaller …
Now it’s so small that only atoms can come to your exhibit.
Look they all have teeny glasses of wine in their hands and
They love your painting.

HOT/COLD PAINTING:
Imagine a blank canvas in your head.
Wherever you paint red, the canvas gets hotter.
Wherever you paint blue, it cools down …
Finish the painting.
What does it look like?
What does it feel like?

SO THIN PAINTING:
Imagine a painting in your head.
The canvas is so thin … that all the paint bleeds through.
You look at the other side and THAT side looks better.
So you hang it up backwards.

PAINT WITH FEELING:
Paint a painting in your head of things that feel good, bad, or unusual:
Pudding, carpet, nails, sand.
When you’re done close your eyes and feel the art!

SOUND PAINTING:
Imagine you can paint with sounds –
A train whistle here, a bird song there,
A jackhammer in the corner.
Are you done? What? What??

LOVE PORTRAIT:
Imagine a painting in your head.
You’ve done a portrait of the person you love the most.
Do I know ‘um?

SIDEWAYS PAINTING
Imagine a blank canvas in your head.
You turn it sideways and paint on the edges
Slashing brushstrokes left and right
Until you’re done in a flurry.
Everyone that sees it thinks you’re a master!
You take a bow.

PAINTING OF PURE LIGHT:
Imagine a work in progress in your head.
It’s a dark room
You load your brush, not with paint,
But from a tube of pure light.
This one’s going to be glowing!

 

 

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