Mara Kurtz

25 07 2012

Mara Kurtz runs her own design school. She also has a blog that you might find interesting. I like some of her collage work. There is a feel of the ‘Cleavers do cubism’ about them. Although they use some of the tools of the more political/critical collages about them, they are not critical of the American experience. They almost seem neutral toward Amercan culture. And I confess, the more I see the more neutral my impression.

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jean-baptiste camille corot

25 07 2012

Landscape painting has always intrigued me. There used to be a lot of it. And a lot of it, I would suggest, is bad. Often it is sentimental. A yearning for a world that doesn’t exist. Corot’s paintings appear that way to me. Except that living in Belgium for several years I did see these scenes. My father-in-law paintings look like these. Corot’s trees look wispy. Like those cleaners that people use to clear the dust and dirt high in room walls or in chandeliers. The colours are muted. But the pics are of ordinary calm days with only a slight breeze.

This is the kind of art that most people would identify as “art”. There is no other way of saying it, but it is boring. Its as if the artist got to a certain point in his vision and settled.

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Corot was also a painter of portraits, especially figures.

So why is it that landscape paintings on the whole tend to be about rural areas. There is certainly a lot of places to paint in cities. Perhaps they rub our sensibilities the wrong way.