Only when man succeeds in developing his reason and love further than he has done so far, only when he can build a world based on human solidarity and justice, only when he can feel rooted in the experience of universal brotherliness, will he have transformed his world into a truly human home.
–Erich Fromm, Sane Society, 1955
This painting hangs in my current show at the West End Gallery. It is a 30″ by 10″ canvas that I call Rooted.
I often see the Red Chairs hanging in a tree as a symbol of human solidarity, of being part of a continuum that started long before its own origins, descended from a common beginning born in the very elements of this earth.
It’s this common beginning that we often forget in our journey through life. We find that we are separating and dividing ourselves, isolating ourselves further from the common root that bore us all. In this isolation we fail to see our own humanity in others, seeing only our differences and not our common bonds.
And it is these common bonds that will no doubt determine our future on this earth.
Is the ideal of human solidarity a possibility or a pipe-dream? I do not know. It certainly seems improbable, given where we are at this point in time. But I do know that if we dismiss it as a possibility then we don’t have much of a future ahead of us. Our strength is carried in our roots, our oneness.
And that’s how I am seeing this painting…
GALLERY TALK at the WEST END GALLERY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 1-2 PM
Join me for what I hope will be a lively conversation along with a free drawing for the painting, “Private Glow”, shown here on the left, as well as a few other surprises!