The red is "Heathshire," 1996, 56" x 64," part of the current, red group show at Paula Cooper.We're unsure of the title of the beach towel painting. Do you know it?
this work goes under the heading; "ntp" ......... not that psyched. fuck man, I hate the color red. silver is better.
my interest is not entirely unpiqued..
"Cubism meets Piranesi," is Hogarth from hell by way of Reynolds, Goya and Picasso."eh...
i like the fogged up sliding glass door, and the rock wall in the background of the top painting. those are interesting details. it looks kinda like Sue Coe meets HR Geiger. but, the single color makes it look more like a print or drawing than a painting. what is the medium for these?
Sorry - it's acrylic on canvas.
john wesley followed by jason fox, thank you triple diesel.
the heavy metal influence is very strong, I dont really think it goes that much further. always thought he was really biting on the Ranx character
Jason Fox has always been so underrated by the halfminds that can't get past the obvious and not so accurate references to higschool notebook drawings, heavy metal, and cartoonishness. Foils one and all. How about his dialogues with Picasso, Dubuffet, Guston. Not that he doesn't put some artificial limitations in his own way; I mean really, red, and that red? It is conscious, has to be; we should be also. His reticence can be annoying...but just try to describe that red painting compositionally, thematically, narratively. He is an incredible artist constantly challenging his own limitations and investigating an arena of identity in which no one else dares tread. Look closely at the chain link fence paintings and drawings. Just look closely.
ok compositionally its quite simple and not that saavy. It has an obvious foreground, middle ground and background, (the tree limb, the male-ish monster figure, and then the female) connected together in an inelegant and crude manner through the tree trunk he is holding. Thematically I see an obvious cthulu reference in the male figure(he also looks a lot like the benevolent alien's carcass in the first alien flic) with an awkard Delvauxish woman figure in front of a Modernist house (her bird face reminds me a little of Condo). A weak part I have problems with are the metallic tentacles of his, they look like 4th rate Kirby sketching Dr.Octopus. Narratively I could care less, these themes and the somewhat crude way they are put together dont peak my interest much. I dont dislike his work really, though I was kinda surprised that Saltz gave him as good a review as he did (though his prognosis was kinda in the middle) a year or 2 back. I think these red ones are weak for him, his more well known ones like the chain fence are much better. Again, his main character is just not as cool as Ranx, though its open-endedness does leave the way for a host of interpretations. However, this proto-ranx character doesnt hold a candle to one of Guston's charcters, like the kkk man or the smoking artist, etc. I dont think his dialogue is really with those artists you mentioned though.
Excuse me, cooky, but Kirby never drew Doctor Octopus. Kirby never drew Spider-Man comics. Doc Ock was created by Steve Ditko, and the great John Romita handled the character through most of the classic, late-sixties run of the comic. Kirby mostly handled the Fantastic Four, some Captain America, and early X-Men and Hulk titles. Nerd Alert.Oh yeah, don't go see X-Men 3. It's bloody awful.Nerd Alert over.
Jason Fox, hell yeah! I have always loved his work, my personal favorite period was the latrell spreewell creature paintings of the early new millenium, but his work always kicks ass. Jason really owns the chain link fence like malevich owns the square.
I knew Kirby never drew doc oc.. I was saying a doc oc tentacle "as if" drawn by Kirby, yaknowwhatImean? but the comparison is not that apt, I know..
That guy on the bed--I married him
whats the point of holding a guston candle to these paintings? Successful ptgs. are conscious of history but dictated more by the insanity of the painter (opinion). Maybe thats why these paintings are hard to place. As a later Guston would be if it were isolated from his earlier body of work.
Love the ptgs by the way
"the obvious and not so accurate references to higschool notebook drawings, heavy metal, and cartoonishness."To what end? At least in high school it didnt have to be about anything other than raging hormones and angsty bloodlust (pre columbine I had a strategic map, which I found cathartic pre first person shooter videogames).
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