contemporary portraiture; charleston art & analysis
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Portrait Artist on LSD (not me though)
[Video: text appears explaining that in 1955 a portrait artist was given a dose of LSD and some drawing supplies, then drew a series of sketches of the doctor over the course of several hours. The black & white drawings then appear in succession for the rest of the video. The first is simple and realistic with cross-hatching and a three-quarter profile view. Then they appear successively cubist; some recognizable profiles appear to be vibrating and composed of expressive shapes like a Kandinsky painting; some are simple, expressive contours; one is completely abstract and most like a Kandinsky, O'Keefe or early abstract expressionist painting; and gradually they become more realistic again.]
I started this blog because I missed having conversations about current art (as opposed to what was/will be "seen and heard" at cool shows or whatever), so I totally want to hear your comments! Go ahead and argue with me or add your two cents or say, "I'm the artist and you're way off." Cuss and rant all you want but sexist, racist and other offensive slurs, threats and violent rhetoric will get you deleted & banned. Also, I don't want to spend my time re-inventing the wheel, so this blog *begins* with the assumption that various social oppressions are real and valid; that art movements post-1880 are, in fact, "art;" and that any artist who has taken the time and considerable expense to plan, make, fix, remake, market, network, defend, and show their art-- no matter how shocking, expensive, or crude it is in appearance-- is deserving of consideration. The validity of those things is not up for debate. Have fun!
*Even though I sometimes talk about social justice stuff I don't use trigger warnings on this site because I am incapable of doing it consistently (I tried) and don't want to create a false sense of safe space.