Gerard Bertrand

28 06 2012

Bertrand’s work is very interesting. And fun to look at. I do wonder about using these images of popular/cultural figures. I’ve used them myself. Their iconic quality allows one to investigate ideas or images that wouldn’t necessarily work if one were using private individuals. But the impression may seem like parody or satire. I find myself using Hitler, Monroe, and Einstein in all kinds of circumstances. Maybe its laziness.

(I must avoid the word ‘just’.)

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Stanley Spencer

28 06 2012

Stanley Spencer was one strange man. You can see it in his paintings. It is difficult to comprehend that he was born in the late 1800s. His work seems so contemporary. He seems to have so many stories to tell. Each canvas is like a short story. His paintings of historical events look like events of his own time. And the figures in them appear almost like caricatures of real people. Exaggerations. Everything is a commentary. Wonderful work.

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