These, for me, are the two most depressing paintings in western history. They were painted by post-impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a man who, due to inbreeding, was born with a genetic disorder that prevented his legs from growing after they were broken. After being so thoroughly mocked for is appearance, he became an alcoholic, which is what eventually caused his institutionalization and death. His only known romantic relations were with prostitutes.
And then he paints something like this which is so beautiful and tender and sentimental. It seems like the couple in bed really loves each other—cares about each other. Wakes up happy to look at each other. And I see that love and passion and I wonder how lonely he must have been. I wonder how he could paint something like this without it breaking his heart.
Maybe they say artists should create what they know, not because its unbelievable when they extend themselves beyond their experiences, but because when they pull it off with such elegance, it’s so damn unbearable to look at. I hate thinking of Lautrec, wondering about the lovers he created and knowing it was beyond his experience. Creating something that he knows is beautiful and knows he’ll never really understand.
- Tusk; Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland - 1/3
Brandon and Marian were in Amsterdam and did a show at Gallery 33.
The show was originally going to be there till today (5th of july) but i is getting extended i don’t really know for how long but probably at least another month, so i you happen to be in the area swing by Gallery 33 at Pazzanistraat 33, Westerpark.
Gravity-Defying Land Art by Cornelia Konrads
German artist creates mind-bending site-specific installations in public spaces, sculpture parks and private gardens around the world. Her work is frequently punctuated by the illusion of weightlessness, where stacked objects like logs, fences, and doorways appear to be suspended in mid-air, reinforcing their temporary nature as if the installation is beginning to dissolve before your very eyes. One of her more recent sculptures, Schleudersitz is an enormous slingshot made from a common park bench, and you can get a great idea of what it might be like to sit inside it with this interactive 360 degree view.
Isn’t this just goregeous and surreal?
Black Marker Mural by yosuke-goda
To discover the impressive work and achievements mural artist Yosuke Goda creates murals on whole white walls using only simple black markers. Format stunning compositions that can be read from a distance in whole or appreciate even the smallest detail closely…
Before I posted this, I spent a good half-hour gaping at Antony Gormley’s work. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty and simplicity of each and every sculpture. Nearly all of Gormley’s works are based on the human figure, in its simplest to most complex forms. His work ranges from gigantic to very small, in mediums such as cast iron, plaster, and clay. Some are odd and strangely placed, appearing in areas that might startle you if you were unaware of the installation. Gormley’s piece Asian Field, pictured second from the left, is an installation of 210,000 hand sized elements of local Chinese clay, placed inside a former Shanghai Steelworks warehouse. Incredible. The works are like shadows or imprints of people, or bodies, that once existed in the spot they occupy. They are jarring, surreal and beautiful. I am awestruck and in love with them. Gormley has been sculpting since the early ’80s and doesn’t show any signs of slowing, with several shows around the world continuing into 2013, and pieces being churned out every year.
I highly encourage you to visit Antony Gormley here and view his many, many other works, and read about his ongoing exhibits.
I can really only define Pat Lasch’s work to be kitsch. So very kitsch. But, that isn’t a bad thing. These are cakes that your grandmother would make for you, overly decorated, with flowers and latticework and cutesy pastel colors. What is different about these cakes from ‘ol grammy’s is that these are highly inedible. In fact, these cakes are made from plexiglass, acrylic, beads and wood. Not very delicious. To the mundane man’s eye, these are fairly unpleasing. They are not something one would willingly display like a vase or potted plant. (Unless, of course, you are me and would proudly have groups of them dotted about your frilly kitchen, much to your boyfriend’s dismay). However, as kitschy as they may be, the craftsmanship that comes with such ornately adorned pastries must be applauded. All the work that is associated with an edible cake of this caliber is then doubled considering the fast drying and more temperamental non-edible ingredients used in Lasch’s. While sort of silly in nature and fit, truly, for not much more than sitting on a museum pedestal, these are works of art and should be seen as such. I found it interesting that Lasch calls her work “passages to life”, and says that death inspired them. Death must be adorable.
To see more of Pat Lasch’s work and find out where to visit her gallery exhibits, enter here.