Eva Davidova

5 05 2012

Being stuck in a corner. Or trying to escape into a corner. A cockroach? An existentialist? Eva Davidova’s images are fascinating. I’m not sure where you go from here. Or perhaps I have gotten it all wrong. Maybe she did something wrong. And the teacher told her to…

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Mackie

5 05 2012

Mackie is a wonderful artist. And the reviewer is also an intelligent and acute observer.

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Looking at contemporary art is like panning for gold: once in a while, amidst the drift and dribble, you stumble fortuitously on the shiny stuff, on someone like a Katie Paterson or a George Shaw, say.
On someone like Mackie.

Mackie’s subect is “the very average man”, “the frailty and silliness of everything”. There is black humour aplenty: his world is peopled by what look like distinctly shady types but are in fact just men, caught in the act of simply being themselves, ‘blokes‘ ”: the innate slobbishness; the casual aggression; the tribalism; the testosterone-fuelled menace; the unconsidered lusty lip-curl of a lecher. But, as with all work of any worth, it cannot be reduced to simple cartoonish mockery; there is an empathy at play here, a fellow-feeling, an all too honest recognition (in himself?) of the ‘manly’ foibles and ‘frailty’ he so ruthlessly and starkly depicts.

This…

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Devetsil

5 05 2012

I like the expression Iron Curtain. And Iron Lady. How about one for Mitt. Iron Forpresident. (That is lame.)

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I have just become aware of this Czech group, the Devetsil.  Because of the Iron Curtain they remained almost  unknown in the west. I see this work as primitive. Simple and straightforward. They are the kind of collages that everyone thinks they can do. And maybe they are right.

“The first manifesto of Devětsil urged new artists to look deeper into ordinary objects for poetic quality. Skyscrapers, airplanes, mimes, and poster lettering were the new arts. Inspired by the Berlin Dadaists, Seifert claimed “art is dead.” Following him, Teige remarked, “the most beautiful paintings in existence today are the ones which were not painted by anyone.”

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Herbert Bayer

5 05 2012

I wonder how these early collagists felt. Like they were breaking new ground. Or just outside of the central sphere of the art world.

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One of the last members of the Bauhaus group, Bayer had a very productive life in America. I have a mixed reaction to his work. I like his collages but find myself disinterested in graphic work, Mayer’s or anyone else’s.

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Rebeca Saray

5 05 2012

The amazing thing about fashion photographers (or at least the ones that intrigue me) is their ability to tell stories. Sometimes mysteries. Sometimes comedies. (That misspelling always makes me laugh. Or is it misspelled.) And they create colours and textures and images that are fascinating. Rebeca Saray must be a very successful photographer. Just look at her name.

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Making of realizado por Ergo de la sesión para Magazine “La Sirenita” con Cristina Castaño y Paco León
Making of: Ergo
Fotografía: Rebeca Saray
Estilismo: Sol Delgado
Make-up: Paula Soroa