Jared C. Balogh musical/compositional interpretation of American artist Paul Maxwell's painting "Horizontal Drift" Composed in November 2013.
Paul Maxwell Artist Statement on painting "Horizontal Drift":
Titling my paintings is often a challenge - especially if the painting is non-figurative and I have made no conscious allusions to objects or events outside of the painting (in other words, the painting has no illustrational content).
Consider the case of my painting titled “Horizontal Drift”: though the title is intriguing and a careful examination of its design reveals several horizontal bands of varying definition, I no longer recall why I chose to use the words horizontal and drift in the title. I have used the word “drift” in the title’s of other works (“Asian Drift”, for instance).
A title’s primary function is to identify the painting for inventory and accounting purposes. A number would probably work just as well although words can be useful in giving a hint as to the artist’s intentions. I prefer not to dictate too much meaning, letting the viewers find their own.
What could the word “drift” possibly mean in the title of this non-figurative painting? I consulted my dictionary and found a few exciting possibilities but I have decided to live with not knowing, exactly, and letting my imagination do what it will. -Paul Maxwell