A Retrospective Reveals The Art Work That Was Never Intended To Be Shown

07/10/2012 10:40 am ET | Updated Sep 09, 2012

I am in the thick of it, preparing for a retrospective. It is a unique experience, fraught with nostalgia. Rediscovering old art works is like going through an old family album; each picture elicits an emotion.

A retrospective is an artist's occasion, much like a wedding, a bar mitzvah or a rite of passage. It aims for an moment of clarity and objectivity. The whole road map of your narrative is shown briefly and in great detail.

The process of a painter's journey is documented in a retrospective. You can see where I have been and what the interests were. To be honest and forthcoming, it is important to show the work that was never intended to be shown. The private course of the voyage must be made public. The failures must stand beside the successes.

This slideshow features some of the work that was never intended to be shown.

An interview by Lisa Adams may be of interest, here.

Gordy Grundy's BURN: A Retrospective Offers Work You Were Never Intended To See

GORDY GRUNDY is a Los Angeles based artist. His visual and literary work can be found at