Michael C. Armour

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Artist Statement

(from his 2018 exhibition RIVER)

In the end what I find to be most spiritual about art is the time a person can spend looking at it, contemplating it. The divisions of space, the deftness of color, the energy and art of the line, the uniqueness of image - these captivate and move me, whether Abstract, Figurative, or Landscape, and there is little about the modern world that makes these considerations irrelevant to me.

Art is mysterious to me. I am rarely able to remember the process of making it, and I feel very little authorship of it. I can tell if I like it or do not, and can say why, but cannot tell how it is mine, or of me. And I cannot copy it, or make it for money, or commission. And yet, I believe the only art I care about is art that is entirely unique to the person who made it.

The pieces in this show are explorations. They are journeys down a river. The impulse to choose this tributary or that, to lag or rush, take the white water or move beneath trees, to stare below the surface or hold to the spell of its reflections – all art is to me a transcription of these impulses, these movements, these excursions. What I care about most in my own work, and in all work I like, is how deeply felt or contemplated the exceptional pieces of this journey, and how interestingly and honestly recorded, and how true to the unique nature of the artist.

The rest is uninteresting to me.

Michael C. Armour