4/27/2006

Scott Grodesky

25 comments:

Painter said...

Scott Grodesky
@ Zach Feuer
530 W 24th St.
NY, NY 10011

This is a detail.

zipthwung said...

Reminds me of some William T. Wiley and the Mexican Muralists, or the hippie interpretation of such. Like Thomas Hart Benton has in common with Trip Books.
Have to think about the content.

no-where-man said...

I know he is well poised and sells, - don’t get me wrong I respect that… only does everything have to have the same look and feel pumped out of that Feuer factory.

Caeruleum said...

This looks like high quality children's book illustration. Imaginative, sensitive, pretty colors. The story is a little dark and sinister, like the way most fairy tales are. I would really like to know what happens in the next scene: Does the blue fog entangle us? Will the red, spongy stuff envelop us? Will the dead looking kids get up and strangle us? Will the earth suck us in? Yikes! Scary!

Art Soldier said...

Painter: where'd you get the image? I'm working on a post about Scott and couldn't find a jpg from the new show.

Cooky Blaha said...

kinda nice, havent seen it in person but Im getting the feeling of Rousseau's War painting...I think the naivete is working here, and its way too chaotic to be book illustration..is this the guy who about five years back was doing the paintings with the incoherent perspective trick? I kinda liked those too..interesting progression

walter said...

Pretty large piece too. I think there's some colored pencil in there? Hasn't he been around for a while?

Admin said...

Matthias Grunewald (http://www.join2day.com/abc/G/grunewald/grunewald23.JPG) as if by Jacob Lawrence (http://www.artfacts.net/exhibpics/14339.jpg).

Mark said...

Childrens tale is not far removed. Reminds me Gullivers travels.

burrito brother said...

His work used to be looser and less illustrational 5 years ago. His last show at ZF was very dissapointing as I used to be a fan. I saw this painting last week though and feel he's getting back on the right track. Shapes are breaking up a little more. The perspectival trick isn't as obvious anymore. It's gotten noodly in the realm of Jason Fox, who is probably a more interesting painter. Schutz influence?

Vlahos Boyiajees said...

From what I've read he's been around for about 15 years officially.
I like the whole 'reverse perspective' trick where the perspective is placed behind the viewer rather than ahead. By using this trick he places the future behind us and the past in front of us. I've never seen this type of 'reverse perspective' used before.
Interesting and unique paintings. Have to see them in person.

There's more to look at here www.zachfeuer.com/scottgrodesky.html

Qloo said...

There something very sweet and almost earnest about some of his work. Especially the "Couple Sleeping" painting. This is refreshing. Reminds me very much of Phillip Guston's paintings of two in bed, although more sweet and not foreboding.

PinkandlacePony said...

That painting of the two sleeping in bed is heartbreakingly perfect.

wod zar xam said...

That painting of the two sleeping in bed is heartbreakingly perfect.

I agree... sublime.

wod zar xam said...

This is an interesting painting especially because of the sweetness with which it is painted. Its like a children's book illustration, but the subject matter is horrific carnage - Roald Dahl takes on the Iraq war.

Perhaps this piece is about the online experience of the youth of today. Wires stretch and wrap around the somnambulating teenagers and they lie prostrate to their suffocating environment. There is a hyper confusion, and everyone's eyes are closed, groping in a kind of hedonistic disaster with no up or down. S.G. does a great job of presenting the confusion of this modern experience in a palpable manner. His soft tone lets it hit us on an emotional level, not becoming didactic any more than "Good Night Moon" would.

I guess there are some parallels with the current work of Jon Elliott, though this seems to show the other side of the coin. While Elliott presented a sort of psuedo physical fantasy about information, Grodesky shows his idea of the humanistic effect. Our world is in flux thanks to the internet, and it is interesting to see it presented in so many ways by artists right now.

no-where-man said...

the internet is a bit of a sickness, if i am off line or with out a camera i start to doubt my existence.

closeuup said...

http://www.lesportsac.com/external/avaf/avaf.html

burrito brother said...

OY.

I'd like to get my hands on that sac.

zipthwung said...

orozco - the palette

sloth said...

YES zip, Orozco exactly... the palette, and the drawing. Especially that big hand in the upper right of the painting.

Saw this today... the JPEG doesn't do it a bit of justice. You really gotta be there.

sloth said...

p.s. also Rivera.

no-where-man said...

i went hopeing to be able to give a more detailed reasoning behind this only i was shocked to find the worst video show i have ever witnessed in my life in its place...

no-where-man said...

i went hopeing to be able to give a more detailed reasoning behind this only i was shocked to find the worst video show i have ever witnessed in my life in its place...

burrito brother said...

yes n.w.m.-
those videos are abysmal. an unbelievable new low. the grodesky's in the back...

wod zar xam said...

I went to find it this weekend too, and had the wherewithall to wade through the videos of young lads experimenting sexually with their cats to take a gander at the grodesky. I thought it was a brilliant painting, even more lovingly rendered than the jpeg reveals. As it turns out, it is called "earthquake" and is supposedly about an eathquake in Pakistan in (if i recall right) 2004.