we shoulda killed all the witnesses…

15 03 2015

we shoulda killed all the witnesses..by David Halliday





Jennifer Meanley

15 03 2015

Love these stories. And the paint. But don’t read either the artist’s or her representative’s explanation. Like most of art criticism, it is pure nonsense. On the other hand, Meanley’s work is wonderful. I love the crowd scenes, the feeling of both intimacy and anonymity. I’m not sure I understand the use of animals.





SylC

15 03 2015

SylC. A female artist. That is all I know. And that her work reminds me a lot of the early work of Ed Kuris.





František Drtikol

15 03 2015

Has anyone photographed the female form. So oddly. As if she were a hood ornament.

From 1907 to 1910 he had his own studio, until 1935 he operated an important portrait photostudio in Prague on the fourth floor of one of Prague’s remarkable buildings, a Baroque corner house at 9 Vodičkova, now demolished. Jaroslav Rössler, an important avant-garde photographer, was one of his pupils. Drtikol made many portraits of very important people and nudes which show development from pictorialism and symbolism to modern composite pictures of the nude body with geometric decorations and thrown shadows, where it is possible to find a number of parallels with the avant-garde works of the period. These are reminiscent of Cubism, and at the same time his nudes suggest the kind of movement that was characteristic of the futurism aesthetic.

He began using paper cut-outs in a period he called “photopurism”. These photographs resembled silhouettes of the human form. Later he gave up photography and concentrated on painting. After the studio was sold Drtikol focused mainly on painting, Buddhist religious and philosophical systems. In the final stage of his photographic work Drtikol created compositions of little carved figures, with elongated shapes, symbolically expressing various themes from Buddhism. In the 1920s and 1930s, he received significant awards at international photo salons.





The Shark Exhibit

15 03 2015

The Shark Exhibitby David Halliday