Saturday, July 19, 2014

Appropriate Appropriation

The Kiss, By Klimt, repainted by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam on a war-damaged building. 
Beautiful, poetic, political, intelligent, visually superb and honoring the original artist. In this circumstance, without that ultimate bourgeoise luxury of Warholian nihilism, the artist dares to make people feel what matters. Was that so hard?  Yes, it must have been. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Picasso Wins World War 1

Art Project Recreates WW I Dazzle Ships. BBC Story.
In WWI, the cutting edge art movement of Cubism and Vorticism- something I have on occasion been accused of being a late example of - was immediately deployed by the Royal Navy to paint thousands of ships in patterns and colors that would confuse a U-Boat commander as to the direction of a vessel. Art students were called up to cover ship after ship. Did it work? Can't say. But it was fascinating, and a modern art project paints some of the last WWI vessels- beautiful example above.  So why did they stop when it might really work ? Military aesthetics: the desire for gray.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

High Explosives

Reverse image: a Boeing B-17 flies over trees in Discovery Park in Seattle, May 2014.
I recognized the roar of her four massive, distinctive radial engines before I saw her and I got a shot of one of the few flying B-17 bombers in the air. 

I reversed the values: the resemblance between a negative image of trees and bomb explosions is interesting. My first thought: trees grow like explosions and produce oxygen. Bombs burn,  and consume it. The organic looking structures resemble one another, distinguished by, among other things, the Amplitude of Time.