|The First Mark
Unlearning How to Make Art
by Peter Nadin
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EP 20: In THE FIRST MARK: UNLEARNING HOW TO MAKE ART, artist PETER NADIN uses the novella form to suggest a conceptual framework through which to understand his new series of paintings. The protagonist, Stint Arno, is a young, commercially successful artist who begins to unravel psychologically, undergoing a series of absurdist hallucinations until he finds the first mark, the primordial impulse behind all art. Nadin shifts between prose and poetry in an attempt to illustrate the movement from convention to the more organic mode of sensory experience that characterizes the first mark. Much in the tradition of Joseph Mallord William Turners poetry, or T.S. Eliots notes for The Wasteland, this novella is a companion to the paintings that were shown at the Wifredo Lam Center in Havana, Cuba, in February 2007.