Chris Anthony

25 04 2011

Anthony has an interest in rooms. Me too. They have the same borders as a painting. And you can think inside them.

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There is something about confined spaces where actions go on. It is theatre. Even if those confined spaces are the universe. I have also added some of my examples of rooms.

Johann Fournier

24 04 2011

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It is difficult to be critical of an artist’s work when you like it so much. Perhaps it is style, or voice, but there is a sameness about this work. After you’ve looked at several pieces the surprise in your eyes diminishes. And you become aware of craftsmanship. Which I think is the death of art. I don’t want to respect an artist’s work. I want to love it. Show it to my friends. Now, I’ve gone overboard. Its still beautiful work.

I’ve added some landscapes of my own. Just for comparison. I use a lot more cut and paste. (scissors and glue).

Jeff Harp

23 04 2011

Jeff Harp loves to play with old Edwardian photos. Especially faces. The pictures remind me of the old freak shows that they used to show at carnivals. It makes us harken back to old fairy tales and the fears of children. Goblins, witches, and ghouls. There was both horror and romance in these tales. But underlying all of it was a sort of primeval fear of the ‘different’.

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I have done many pieces based on the human face. Here are a few below. They differ a lot from Harp’s work. He retains the visual unity of his original photographs. I have taken pieces from dozens of photos for the one piece.

Alessandro Bavari

21 04 2011

Alessandro Bavari’s work so resembles the work of the Flemish artist H. Bosch. Their concentration on the truly horrid is fascinating. Like slowing down to watch a car accident. One wonders if these images are a result of personal experiences, an imaginative intellect, or art history. In any event they are fun to view.  Also check out his videos.

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Andrew Mamo

21 04 2011

I love this guy’s work. It’s as if you superimposed the fantastic upon ambiance.

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I love the use of landscape in his work. And the monochrome colours. Some of my work has used this same kind of landscape mixed with the fantastic. It works well with turn of the century (19th to 20th) cityskapes.

Louvriere and Venessa

20 04 2011

This couple work together on their art. They are certainly an interesting combination. Their work is dark and moody. Muddied emotions.

Jeff Louriere also worked on a video. I don’t know where he found this material. It seems to be set in some bizarre 50’s world of innocence/frivolity. And it is accompanied by heavy metal music. (I apologize if I’ve got the label wrong.) My oldest daughter is a big fan of the genre. I couldn’t stand Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, or any of those early head banging groups when I was young. And it mattered so much. For some strange reason.

Maggie Taylor

18 04 2011

There is something of the naive artist in Maggie Taylor’s work. I imagine Rousseau. It is something about the mood. As you look at her work you find yourself delighted and then… bored. They have a voice but the voice is the same. It is a wonderful voice. But it reminds me of the book covers in stores where every book of a line of work will be a variation of the other. Its like a sales pitch. Or ‘branding’. Still, I do like to look at her work.

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Bits of her work remind me of things I have done. Not in the technique so much as the passive voice of the images.