2/10/2006

John White Cerasulo

24 comments:

Mountain Man said...

I have just been introduced to these paintings via the internets and would like to say an affirmative terrifying funny unit of yes to the Romantic sadness and sense of humor. I am gladhanding my way into brown. Also, how many times have I wished to rest my head on the table just so? Many. And have not done it. This is my inspiration to check out at the next boring dinner party.

I may be off base. But hey whatever, thanks for the methane brown-out memories.

Anonymous said...

Sadness or maladaption? A palsy of some kind in effect? Hard to tell.

w.w. said...

need to see in person. i can't tell much from the jpeg. i like the head...maybe severed? or as anon said "palsy.." good call. there's something creepy or sickly going on in this historically-benign setting.

Anonymous said...

You can see more of his work at sandroni rey or however you spell it. They do have a historical benignness about them, true, in the settings, but they are amusing.

Pete said...

It's funny how brown = old-fashioned.

Anonymous said...

yeh, stuff before comic books

Anonymous said...

he's gazing off, in oblivion, i guess-- that's interesting.
i have only seen the works on paper by JWC and i cant attest to the memorable painting chops and the aura of wierd non-nostalgic nostalgia of them. like they are getting everything slightly wrong including the time frame. really interesting. get this guy a show in NYC!

zipthwung said...

Rembrandt served up like a sunday morning hangover.

cookiepuss said...

not rembrandt, more whistler meets thomas woodruff... or something?

Anonymous said...

wouldnt it be funny if we held an open show for all the people on this blog!? maybe we should.

mcgrooter said...

I dunno... it might turn into a brawl.

w.w. said...

no, let's do a show! i like this painting. it is more whistler than rembrandt.

w.w. said...

but it's more ensor to me. i kinda dig it but i'm a little depressed today.

Anonymous said...

yeah i think we should have an open group show for one night only. for fun. everyone who has ever been on here or commented on here should be invited to participate if they want to. ... maybe that would be wierd and wipe out some of our anonymity. maybe that would be a good thing. or then we can just all take on new names.

Painter said...

Hi. I am working on putting a show together for this blog. But it is to soon to talk about it.
I had thought of having a meet and greet for commenter's too. A painters night at a bar or something.

Anonymous said...

i just went to the sandroni rey website and i think "painter" picked the best one; this is also my favorite from the site. definitely check it out, sandronirey.com.

specific to the posted painting however, there's a nice sort of disquiet calm about it, with the long empty ballroom and the only light coming from an all too typical hotel ballroom chandelier.

theres something about the guy's expression and posture that makes me uneasy and somewhat empathetic, but makes me laugh at him all the same..

in all its earnesty, there seems to be a mildly snide undertone..

and i think i kinda like it!

ahab said...

Good photo, painter. And good luck getting this rabble into a gallery.

This is a surprising painting to me, in that I didn't expect to see much 400 year old looking work coming out of contemporary NY.

As I was scrolling down the page I accidentally stopped so the top half of the painting got cropped away. This left a long wide image that was nearly equal parts white space/brown space. The painting got even more interesting, more surprising - the glasses, head and flowers began to hum with rhythm above the resulting nighttime-in-a-snowy-field horizon. It would be too bad to lose the Francis Bacon painted on the receding wall upper right, but the moonlight through the window wouldn't be missed if it got chopped.

I know I'm suggesting yet again to hack away part of the painting, but other of his works to be seen online seem to suffer similarly. And extreme editing is part of how I work in my own studio, so whatever.

Anonymous said...

huh? i didnt see a francis bacon on the wall... but maybe i just couldnt see it on my monitor..l

ahab said...

Chandelier in a hall, moonlight through a cabin window, it's in the eye of the beholder.

And I don't really think that's a Bacon on the wall, but could it be this Rembrandt self-portrait: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/rembrandt/self/self-1634.jpg

Anonymous said...

http://home.arcor.de/oscar.wilde/pictures/whistler.234x336.jpg

it's SO MUCH more whistler than anything else

Anonymous said...

Francis Bacon? Rembrandt? Painting? i thought it was a wall sconce.

Wistful Wendy said...

Dear Mountain Man, I too am gladhanding my way into brown and pink and purple and orange and yellow and beige and all the beautiful colors. And I too have wished to west my head on a table just so and have not done it. Wow, maybe I'll go crazy and do it today. I'm Wendy, I'm wistful and wonderful, just like all the weally wonderful wistful whacky painters and paintings here. Have a wistful, wonderful day. I weally, weally, wove all the wistful wonderful painters and paintings.
Your's in wist and wonder, Hugs and Kisses, Wistful Wonderful Wendy

Anonymous said...

Wow that is so nice but is your name Wendy or Windy, it's hard to tell. You are clearly an expert with alliteration.

anne 0 said...

greetings mr.c.....the painting is nice, but i like the one of father better, much better. i looked up your name because i remembered you; living in tokyo is lonely....i'll be your agent here....ha ha!
mmmmah!