Jocelyn Hobbie@ Bellwether134 Tenth Avenue,between 18th and 19th StreetsNew York, NY 10011
composition good,stand-up boobs a bit silly
I actually think they're kind of hot.
hot and silly aren't mutually exclusive,one can be turned on by a lot of goofy things I suppose-
There are things I like about Hobbie's work. I like the strange sexual psychology of these, and am most appreciative of the very very odd moments, like the stand-up breasts, the girl's weirdly fixed gaze, and the way her hair falls onto the bed: it's like a porcelain waterfall. I wish it all looked even more transformed in that way, pushed further somehow. (Did anyone see that amazing Christian Schaade show at the Neue Museum a few years back?) I feel, though, that often the rest of the paintings (the grounds) are not painted as compellingly; the curtain, wall, and bed seem weak here. I also wonder if these need to escape just a little from Balthus' shadow.
JD,Christian Schaade thanks for reminding me. Good comparison. What a crazy dude.
jd, right on. I think the grounds are kind of weak, too - but the expressions and the eye/breast association is compelling in person. Somehow the goofiness subsides and a deeper sexual psychology takes over. They're totally twisted in a gentle, loving way. I guess that's what I meant by hot (not the Paris Hilton kind of hot, but the slow burn kind. Like a dream).
Yes these are very Schaad, jd. They kind of give me a boner. Does that make them good?
yes, bb. That makes them very very good indeed.
that ol' mannerist magic...
The surfaces are actually rather nice, oil grounds that let paint skid and dance. In general I found the show well painted; especially the combination of really strange, intense colors and offsetting soft, blurry edges with hard lace patterns. The patterns were a bit of a surprise actually, I usually remember the work more starkly and graphically, but these are genuinely painted. Her mouths add to the hot feeling described in posts above. I found the paintings very erotically painted.
i am going to go with if it makes you horney its good. 'fuckable' is a great form of crit. form swallows function
oops i ment form follows function (my bad).
She's taking a page out of Lisa Yuskavage's book here. The figure has a strange, specific autoeroticism. She seems to exist purely within the mental world of painting, which is good. But the space is not very well-painted. It really seems like she just didn't know what to do with that top right corner. Yuskavage really deals with space.
Right on penrose...alot of artists do this same thing much better. I think many people confuse "lack of ability" with "choice." Lot's of "emperor's clothing" around these days.
What the fuck is she looking at? Better not be looking at me.Reminds me of TookerCindy Sherman or Hans Bellmer - prosthetics they call them rockets you know? Ready to take off but no where to land.Cool breeze, makes me feel fine....on the crystal set...and nothing on TV. In conclusion I am so tired of pastel palettes I am so tired of pastel palettes I am so tired of pastel palettes.
Lisa Yuskavage is rarely boner-inducing. These are way hotter.
See the curtains hanging in the windowIn the evening on a Friday nightA little light shining through the windowLets me know that everything's alrightSummer breeze, makes me feel fineBlowing through the jasmine in my mindSummer breeze, makes me feel fineBlowing through my, makin me feel all-rightMaking me feel, making me feel fineMakes me feel rightBlowing through the jasmine in my mindsee the paper layin on the sidewalka little music from the house next doorwho lives next door?so i walk on up to the doorstepthrew the screen and then i cross the floorsummer breeze makes me feel fineblowing through my mind lovesummer breeze makes me fineblowing yeah your makin me all rightmakin me feel making me feel finemake me feel rightblowin through the jasmine in my mind...in my mindsweet days of summer, the jasmine's in bloomJuly is dressed up and playing her tunewhen I come home, from a hard day's workAnd you're waiting waitin waitin waitin there, yes you're waiting thereWithout a care in the worldI see the smile awaiting in the kitchenFood a-cooking and a place there for twoyou, i feel the arms that reach out to hold meIn the evening when the day is throughSummer breeze, makes me feel fineBlowing through my mindSummer breeze, makes me feel fineBlowing through my, making me feel allrightMaking me feel, making me feel fine Makes me feel rightBlowing through the jasmine in my, blowing blowing(x4)Blowing through the jasmine in my, blowing(skat)Blowing through the jasmine in my mind
If you like this you might also like Canadian Magical Realist Alex Coleville
there is a certain sweetness to this,unlike yuskavage's pityand scorn inducing stuff,I question whetther this artist is really quite sure of what she's wanting to impart-
this painting almost reminds me of an enlarged hilary harkenss woman, without pleather and whips that is. like a soft romantic harkness lady that would inevitably be eaten by harkness's dominatrix.Maybe it’s just the perky boobs.
i think perky's a bit of an understatement.
it makes me want to go to the bathroom and jerk off with a highlighter. Maybe it’s just the perky boobs.
looking at her eyes and nipples i'd say she was afraid.or cold.or both.smoke em if you got em.
taek away the sex and what have yhou got?
she is like the norman rockwell of chelsea tounge in cheaks
...de limpicka did it better, with glory, glamour, and self-importance (I don't even like her work), dumas does it better with amiguity, paint mastery, and urgency... ...and how many countless others have done this better...and how many countless others try... because everybody and their mother feels it's so goddamn important to paint another topless female. There are days when when i feel I will vomit if I see yet another pair of naked female breasts. this is one of those days...where are the feminists when you need them? I'm sorry but this is sooo tired... right along with the pastels. There are other things is this world...
I like jasmine in my mind though.Don't you look at me. Look at me.
soft hair, soft skirt, wet eyes. her soft pooling hair is as luxurious as her body. the skirt looks like velour. man's fantasy painting, so HOT.kind of like ridley howard, if anybody, but a lot more sensual.
Well there is obviously a reference here to those dutch paintings (mostly Vermeer I think) of women standing by the window, which served to cast a pretty light upon them. I don't really know what art histroians have said about the meaning/signifigance of that pose, but I would assume there has been some disucssion. Maybe something about the domestic world of women at the time? Anyway, this painting seems to be toying with that idea, updating it somewhat perhaps, showing how ideals of domesticity and fertility in women have become eroticised in today's world.
ok, i just looked over all 32 of the comments and it seems that 3/4 of them bring up other artists in relation to this work? what does this say (grand rhetoricle question)? what is the dynamic that instigates us to bring up so many 'looks like' comments...is the work hopelessly derivative?
That's a great point Goble - Is there any originality in Hobbie's painting?Her other paintings do seem to have more gusto than this one. This one is just listless.
ursulas dad,reading the comment counter below the jpeg doesnt take much counting...i was just making a comparative observation. every artist gets compared to someone, yes...a valid way of contextualizing the observation/criticism. BUT (!) take a look over the comments for this work and it is riddled with comparisons to other artists. i think that says something dont you? what is it that everyone wants to compare this work to others as opposed to reading it for what it is? are we all tired today?
what is the dynamic that instigates us to bring up so many 'looks like' comments...Well... when you are confronted with an image as cliche as the female nude in art, its tough not to have it bring a million other paintings to mind. If this had been a landscape painting, same deal, it would be instantly compaired to the thousands of landscapes born before it. The dynamic that is causing all these "looks like" comments is probably just its subject, the female nude, probably one of the oldest subjects of art making in the history of artmaking.
Two pictures in a row of classic femininity-- overtly sexual/passive/frightened women. Don't you see the fearful expressions and postures? Both Painted by women. Are they trying to bring back an endangered species? If anything, they seem to be questioning the 80s/90s Bitch Goddess icon.
Wow--she is holly hobbie's daughter. Is that the holly hobbie that does those little 70s cute kid couples? Sick.The rest of the work is a little more wry than this girl on bed. I think she is just making fun of her own middle class femininity. Nothing a little kidnapping by the SLA couldnt cure.
I would have to say that it is a woman laying there. And there are curtains laying out AS IF a PAINTED THreat is in process, that some kind air is in transpass. The breasts are more 'quaver' of sorts, less dimension as sails. That would make sense. I would have left the curtain thingy out just to keep people guessing what arousal 'was' 'in play' (some famous guy played that to even more sculptural affect--did it well and thus it's stamped). It's a narrative--we can play with it with words or as paint, or__BY and by.CLOUD about arousal, winD, and past tense, frozen without any real tell OR tale. What happened before you or I got there IS AS EMPTY OR AS FULL AS YOU ARE WILLING TO IMAGINE. I can tell you with no uncertainty, nothing has happened. But likeable picture all-the-same.
Nobody has mentioned the strange veins that pulse in the foreheads or arms of Hobbie's subjects. They imbue her paintings with a sense of dread from within the figure, as if the figure is not at ease in her situation, which feels far from Yuskavage's figures. I don't know if I agree w/ closeup that it is fearful, but I would say trepidatious...a sense of entrapment, maybe, that underlies the usual expected scenario. Hobbie's transparent pthalo greens and blues in combination with unlikely chromatic bedfellows are not evident in the example shown here as in other works in the show.I would add the rounded and exaggerated forms of John Graham's drawings to references Ridley Howard, Balthus, Shaad, which helps shape the dialogue for this work...
ec, I will look for the strange veins when I go to see the show. And you're right, there really is a lineage of artists who stylize the human form in this rounded, surreal way. Ridley Howard is a definite. It probably comes from Giotto and Masaccio, do you think?
Hmmm, interesting, jd- I was thinking of the Mannerist stylizations of Pontormo or Bronzino as well as, obliquely, Sumerian figures. But historically Giotto and Masaccio make sense, though for me they are sacrosanct, in that they're trying to figure it out rather than stylize.
Ah, good point, ec. The weirdness of Bronzino. He's a friend of Schaade, too, no doubt. Smoothed-out bizarreness.
There are moments in the backgrounds of these works that I didn't not enjoy. However, the lace in one of the paintings in the back room was very sweet. I think more of George Condo and John Curin then anyone else. But in the end I liked the pared down imagery that left more for the narative. And the jazzed colors.
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