For the past few years the Danish artist Tal R has made paintings and drawings of flowers in vases. Each work depicts a bunch of flowers picked by the artist from around his home in the Danish countryside, presented in a vase on a tabletop within a closely cropped interior space.
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I have chosen to transcribed parts of this short video, not because it is difficult to understand, but because it really speaks to me, and my own development as an artist – here is what Tal R says:
“The worst thing a painter can do is flowers, if somebody had told me, ten years ago, that someday you’re going to paint flowers, I would have been very embarrassed. Because flowers, in some ways, are so banal. You pick them up, put them in vase, and then they fall down and you throw them out…
Today I would say it’s too good to be true. The older you get (the better) you understand the possibility of banality. Sometimes to walk into something that is banal is much better than walking into something that on the surface is very complicated.”
This is very much in line with my experience of doing still life. I would not have used the word ‘banal’, but rather something like ‘trite’, I never imagined this (still life with or without flowers) would be my “thing” …
I’m not so sure anymore
“To make art is kind of a carnival, you dress up the world to be able to walk into it.”
Tal R (b. 1967) is a Danish painter and former guest professor at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Born Tal Rosenzweig in Tel Aviv to a Danish mother and Czechoslovakian Jewish father, the family moved to Denmark, where Tal R was raised.
A longer video on him & his way of thinking about art can be found here