Julia Kwon

Sketchbook on Art, Inspiration, and Creative Process

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.

—Walt Disney

Photograph of LACMA / Chris Burden, Urban Light, 2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California.

Death Valley, the lowest and driest area in North America.

Death Valley, the lowest and driest area in North America.

The journey not the arrival matters.

—T. S. Eliot

Rashid Johnson, Cosmic Slop “Ground Water”, 2013, Black soap and wax, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado.

     ”The phrase ‘Cosmic Slop’ comes from an album by Funkadelic that came out in 1973. It refers to a fictional dance, ‘Let’s do the Cosmic Slop,’ and I like the idea that this dance has something to do with the performance of making a painting. When I make these works in the studio, I move around them on the floor, on the wall, back on the floor, and I realize the movement ends up becoming something like a dance that the painting comes out of.” (Rashid Johnson from a CPR interview)

   ”A great free joy surges through me when I work.” (Clyfford Still)

          Clyfford Still Museum 

The museum not only has a large collection of paintings, earlier pieces, sketches and works on paper, but also has a great section to learn about Still’s life and paintings. I especially love looking into the conservation studio and collection storage!

One must accept total responsibility for what he executes. And the measure of his greatness will be in the depth of his insight and his courage in realizing his own vision.

—Clyfford Still

Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959, Oil on canvas, Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado.