The Floating House

– rediscovering blueness; in all its strange and wonderful variations. Paulette Phillips, The Floating House, 2002. Video still from the 16mm film. . Paulette Phillips made a beautiful video of a house adrift on the Atlantic Ocean, a house which slowly gets pulled under by the force of the sea. The film has a very interesting…

Fred Herzog

By a happy coincidence I discovered the works of the German born Canadian photographer Fred Herzog. Fred Herzog: Curtains, photography (1972) © Fred Herzog   Herzog’s work focuses primarily on “ordinary” people, i.e. the working class, and their connections to the city around them. Bodily gestures, the detritus of consumer culture and the architecture of the streets,…

art on art

Maggie Nelson wrote Bluets under the influence of – amongst others – Joan Mitchell. Bluets is a good example on how art inspires more art, and on interconnectedness (which again verge at the literary term intertextuality) within a larger field of art, transgressing both genre and time. The work below is an explicit re-staging of…

Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall: Artists need material limitations  I have never read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, but I have for a very long time been in love with Jeff Wall’s appropriation of it.    Jeff Wall: After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Preface, (1999-2001) * First shown at Documenta 11, After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Preface, (1999-2001),…

“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations”

In LECTURES I WILL NEVER GIVE (Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures) Mary Ruefle writes: Once I wanted to write a lecture on two self-portraits by the German artist Käthe Kollowitz, (…) single self-portraits are not half as interesting as two self-portraits by the same artist painted thirty or forty years apart. When Käthe painted herself…

Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh painted the beautiful Almond Blossom (1890) as a gift for his nephew Vincent Willem. The painting belongs to a series of blossoming almond trees made between 1888-90. It is easy to retrace van Gogh’s Japanese inspiration in this work. The painting is full of light & joy I started right away to make…

The Nature of Erasure

All poetry is fragment: it is shaped by its breakages, at every turn. It is the very art of turnings, toward the white frame of the page, toward the unsung, toward the vacancy made visible, that wordlessness in which our words are couched. Heather McHugh One of the things which really fascinate me about erasure…

First steps

Vincent van Gogh was greatly influenced by the French  J-F Millet. So much so that he copied several of his artworks. It is very interesting to see how true van Gogh is to the original, yet he also manages to make his own version into something totally new, very van-gogh’ish … First Steps, after Millet, Vincent…

Käthe Kollwitz

Have you ever seen such a strong image? This woodcut is a self-portrait made by Käthe Kollwitz in 1923. Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is considered by many to be one of the greatest draughtsmen and printmakers of all time. She is often mentioned in discussions of German Expressionism, but did actually belong to an earlier generation of artists….