Joel-Peter Witkin

26 06 2012

Joel-Peter Witkin’s work is disturbing. He seems  obsessed with death, callousness, vulgarity, the bizarre, the freakish. As if there were answers there. I’m not sure what he expected to find. His work is the opposite of Hallmark cards. No. It is the opposite of naive art. It is also curious. And for a brief moment, interesting. Some of it is clever. But it seems overwhelmed by ego. Vanity. If you can get that out of the way, you can enjoy it.

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Ashkan Honarvar

26 06 2012

“The saying goes that beauty comes in various sorts and shapes. Even in places least to expect. The human
body is one of many concepts in which beauty can reveal its art. Yet this beauty can also be absent in a cruel
way by the presence of deformations and scars. With this is mind Ashkan Honarvar (1980) is able to show
an undeniable and unavoidable beauty by accepting the darker sides of human body and mind, of which you
rather look away from.”

The work of Ashkan is pretty exciting. Above you can read part of his statement. His work is more fun. Well worth investigating.

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