William Leidenthal Artist Statement
“Art interests me very much, but the truth interests me more.” —Alberto Giacometti
“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.” —Issac Bashevis Singer
"What does the artist do? He draws connections. He ties the invisible threads between things. He dives into the history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos." —Anselm Kiefer
I create art about living on Earth, about the physical dynamics which give life to our planet, and about our environment which is the source and substance of our very existence. My work is a visual metaphor for the natural phenomena that form our world. Additionally, I am focusing on the future of our planet: the climate, the forests, the rivers, the seas, all the living things on Earth. My conceptual landscapes are intended as symbols and signals for the reality that humans require the sustainability of this particular Earth environment and cannot survive without it.
The works are experiments in ways of seeing the timelessness of Now. I develop my images as unplanned explorations without preconceived form. There is a challenge to create paintings of a world where ‘form is emptiness’ and ‘emptiness is form’, and to demonstrate what exists beyond verbal understanding. I make paintings about the distance between Objective Reality and Subjective Reality.
“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” —E. L. Dockorow
“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” —Charlie Parker