Amor Fati or “eternal recurrence” as Nietzche puts it, is an acceptance of one’s life, or “love of fate”, that one accepts everything and is at peace with all its details – not an easy thing to do.
Who could contemplate such an attitude? Shane Guffogg could. He creates a series of paintings which question and deeply explore the meaning of life. Guffogg pours the deepest emotions he knows into these paintings, and in the process he finds his own self-love and a love for the world as he experiences it moment to moment.
In Guffogg’s 2016, Amor Fati #6, oil on canvas, h: 78 x w: 96” inches, (number six of a series of seven so far) flames of love are testimony to a life fully lived. Viewing this in the Manhattan Beach exhibition, the painting fills the heart of the viewer, just like the Guffogg’s, 2015, “The Observer is the Observed”, oil on canvas, h: 84 x w:108″, the viewer in Amor Fati #6, is the focal point. Guffogg references the light and points his finger to show us the way back to ourselves.
The illuminating ribbons proclaim a musical score that only our spirit understands. As I stand engulfed in the undercurrent of red tones excitement fills the space. Guffogg sends a guiding light so we can discover the joy deep within our heart. Like Rembrandts self-portraits, Guffogg shows us our own humanity through his touch of the paintbrush. He shows us that love is not just about feeling good but that it includes everything. His winding shapes of positive and negative space illuminate the shadow, awakening our being – making us feel whole in a world where love is not materially tangible. Guffogg reminds us that love is the surrendering to amor fati; to the moment we are living now.
“Amor Fati #6” is currently on view until June 11, 2017
Shane Guffogg – “Dance of Thought”
Envisioned by Homeira Goldstein and Time4ART
Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center
1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
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