Reading to write …

How to write about art … Since he applied paint thickly, and then repeatedly scratched it off the canvas as his work proceeded, the floor was covered with a largely hardened and encrusted deposit of droppings, mixed with coal dust, several centimeters thick at the center and thinning out towards the outer edges, in places…

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May … (cont.)

Still working on my rose-text, today I will show you a contemporary version of the motif: Cy Twombly: The Rose IV (2008). Acrylic on plywood, 252 x 740 cm. Cy Twombly’s The Rose is a cycle of five paintings, numbered I – V, the paintings are variations of each other. Cy Twombly: The Rose V (2008). Acrylic on plywood, 252 x 740…

Sophistication?!

The mellifluous, impenetrable language of theory is often thought of as a sign of sophistication. But it can just as well serve as a way of covering over underlying inconsistency or lack of substance. It all depends on how it is being used … And I must admit, I’m not very happy with the way…

Apropos voice

Grappling with Jacques Rancière, trying to get a grip on the concept of the “ethical regime of art”; in which artistic images are evaluated in terms of their utility to society. This is linked by Rancière with Plato’s banishment of painters from his ideal community. Rancière associates this “regime” with the antique idea that defines artwork…

cloth · a commonplace

spreading the word – I just want to direct your attention for a minute or two to a wonderful ongoing project by Ann Hamilton: on cloth Cloth is the body’s first architecture; it protects, conceals and reveals; it carries a body’s weight, swaddles at birth, covers in sleep and in death. A patterned cloth symbolizes…

The Ethics of Art

I have been travelling a lot lately; but unfortunately London is not on my route this year. If it were, I would definitively have visited Jorge Otero-Pailos’ installation The Ethics of Dust, in Westminster Hall. The Ethics of Dust at Westminster Hall (2016), Jorge Otero-Pailos The Ethics of Dust consists of two 25 x 6 metre large sheets of translucent…

In Perpetual Spring

In Perpetual Spring By Amy Gerstler Gardens are also good places to sulk. You pass beds of spiky voodoo lilies and trip over the roots of a sweet gum tree, in search of medieval plants whose leaves, when they drop off turn into birds if they fall on land, and colored carp if they plop into…

Scrappy

… but also enormously encouraging, liberating & emancipating! Just a few weeks ago the British Council announced that Phyllida Barlow (1944), was to represent Britain at 2017 Venice Biennale. Being chosen for Venice was a particular surprise, the 72 year old Barlow told the Guardian in an interview: “It is really exciting and extraordinary to be asked…

My intention …

… was to do a little David Plowden inspired study at the plains of Jæren.   But then I came across these wonderful colourful sites, and just simply had to re-calibrate. If I had been doing art, I could probably have bent everything to my own liking … But just fooling around, I listened in…

Power to the people

I have just received this beautiful book of photographs called The American Barn, made by the American photographer David Plowden. Farm Near Peotone, 1981 For more than fifty years, photographer David Plowden has documented a vanishing America and continues to produce new exhibitions, books and other publications. I really like the way Plowden is working…