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Portrait of Mariana de Silva y Sarmiento,
duquesa de Huescar (1740-1794)
Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1799)

“The exhibition examines the term “unfinished” across the visual arts in the broadest possible way; it includes works left incomplete by their makers, a result that often provides insight into the artists’ creative process, as well as works that engage a non finito—intentionally unfinished—aesthetic that embraces the unresolved and open-ended. Featured artists who explored such an aesthetic include some of history’s greatest practitioners, among them Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne, as well as modern and contemporary artists, including Janine Antoni, Lygia Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg, who have taken the unfinished in entirely new directions, alternately blurring the distinction between making and un-making, extending the boundaries of art into both space and time, and recruiting viewers to complete the objects they had begun.” –  “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible”  MET Breuer Exhibit – 3/18-9/16

I found a curious connection with this exhibit and the ideas behind the blocks that I design. A set of blocks present a palette of possibilities. Intentionally unfinished, no final form is given. With many of the works in the exhibit, the viewer is left with an open-ended question. What would or could happen next? The viewer, like the block builder, is left to imagine or construct anything.  Unlike the works in the exhibit, a block builder’s ephemeral constructions are only visible when documented through photographs or video. However, some “thoughts made visible” that occur during the building process might be…

I am starting but I am not finished yet.
Maybe I’ll add more,
or take some away,
or just stare at it and wait awhile.
or I just need a break,
or I don’t want to be responsible,
or I am  avoiding criticism.
Maybe I’ll knock it down. It’s not like a puzzle, or a deadline, or someone looking over my shoulder
Maybe I want you to finish it
Maybe I don’t want it to end