Collage 8x10 on canvas board.
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Dec 10, 2013 3:18:32 pmby anahata.c Homepage »
What comes to my mind, immediately, is the famous Magritte painting which states, "This Is Not a Pipe" under a painting of a pipe. A few of your other commenters agree. (Can I find it? As if you don't already know it---let's see...) Yes! It didn't take long, thanks to wikipedia. Here. (Mandi: The site isn't activating the link! Sorry! Nor is it reproducing my italics---which I've used sparely. HTML isn't working all of a sudden. Here's the URL, if you want it: http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/rene-magritte/the-treachery-of-images-this-is-not-a-pipe-1948. Gotta get RR to fix this!)
But there are other things going on in your piece besides the obvious contradiction. One of those things may be, given your multi-layered cultural references, a bow and a smile to Magritte, and a clever re-casting of his piece: Yours has a definite commerce-air to it, something geared to manipulate in a bold way; whereas Magritte's was about manipulation, to be sure, but about the manipulation of representative painting itself. Yours is so blatantly cutouts, which are so visceral and sharp; and you make no apologies for the canvas, you let it speak right at us; so the letters stand out against all that fabric as a kind of crass shout-out. (The artists of the 70s and 80s in NYC would have been right at home with this.) I just love that canvas staring us right in the face...not a dark spot on it, pure white fabric; and on it, almost as on a religious vestment, your big bold blatant letters.
But ok, you're also an artist, in love with forms and colors; so I still see your inner eye here all the same.
I just really like your choice of letters, and the hues next to each other: lots of contrasts of red and blue, light green and light blue, darks/lights, different shapes, etc. Ransom notes were famous for using as much difference between letters as possible (to eradicate the impression of a personal 'style'); but you suggest personal style in your contrasts and bold juxtapositions. No ransom-note maker would do it this way, in my opinion. And if you were to say that you pasted them randomly, I'd just say that you still put your inner eye into it regardless. (That's what I'd say from my experience in the arts, though you could argue if you wanted to.) From all I've seen, ya can't shut those inner eyes off. Regardless, I just plain like the LOOK of this: I love the play and contrasts; and, with your twist-message about manipulation and advertising/propaganda, it's just a really appealing artpiece. (If you can't tell, I'm a fan and always have been.) I really like this piece!