7/26/2006

Saeko Takagi

41 comments:

no-where-man said...

so well adjusted

painterdog said...

kitsch...veery kitsch.

burrito brother said...

laura owens meets joyce kim meets mari eastmann.
it's making me hungry for skittles, starburst, pop rocks, gummy worms and pixie stix.

zipthwung said...

From wakeup previous thread "Some of these self-reflective ideas that are raised are so basic, that it bothers me... "

Hey man, a monkey looks in, no mirror looks out, you know? I can see for miles. And they smile back at me, all four of them. Sounds like you need to go read October magazine with your marbles, or you could go to Artforum - there's and angry troll there. Really angry. Has the power to take over your identity. Its uncanny. Merely by mentioning this I give it power, such as it is. Is it?


The powerless use isolated tactics, the powerfull have strategies.

This painting is weird because it comes from the same place as Laura Owens, the Ukioe/ukiyoe print adapted to paint - matisse and his foreground echoing the background mountain - exccept here there is no Fuji San.

Theres this idea - mentioned before - focus - where the elements are paired down (edited) and/or aligned (focused) but the ambiguity stays the same, or even multiplies (better). Thats the hi-fi sweet spot.

compare A.D. 1867


to goya A.D. 1267

Amazing huh? They were executing people by firing squad since forever. ALso, it appears that people were noticing this and actually creating instructional depictions of firing squads for future generations. And goya was painting this (and much larger apparently) FOUR HUNDRED YEARS EARLIER!!!

Im not sure what cherry blossom trees are supposed to do for you.

For me they remind me of the cherry blossom festival (see the link posted earlier).

Cherry blossom festivals are the rural equivalent of spring break, featuring non stop partying by agricvultural students, who "bong beer" and "get rowdy" while "crusing" "main street" RAD!!!! Someone should paint thaqt instead of boring, kitchy, tree branches. Yuck.

millerhuggins said...

I like how the skittles fell on the Kool-aid stained couch...I like this jpeg quite a bit, this works for me... the kitsch is there but the color, variation of surface, application, seem to lead in it's dance with kitsch...it has some of the most interesting aspects of being fashionable going on within it.

millerhuggins said...

Guston would have done a fine Cherry Blossom Festival...Zipthwung your last post was a knockout,so much in there.

kalm james said...

I tried, don’t know if this is just comic schtick or what but…… Edward Manet (1832-1883), Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) there’s probably not more than 50 years between the those two paintings zip, gees 1267, they hadn’t even stolen the formula for gunpowder from the Chinese yet.

Oh yeah, this painting makes me woozie, might need a shot of insulin to lower my blood sugar.

goodie said...

you guys...
man everyday i come on this and float, don't write much but read plenty....

do most of you actually know what you are saying...
or are you a part of the same cultural decline of no rigor but plenty of talk....the thing is art school throws all this jazz at you without the background to understand it so its' just key phrases or ideas without the heart of it...schopenhauer was a sad bastard or neitzche was with wagner for the total work of art...or delueze or lacan..this is complicated work that even the most agile minds have to take time to break down and understand...its respect for rigor that is the base...and not flapping at the mouth like all the rest of the idiots out there....including me now....

you guys should read herman mellville...


there is my own weak smack...and i know that most of you probably do know what you are saying its' just tiring to read the bantering and self serving criticism...like a chicken puffing his chest...

zipthwung said...

uh huh. Well there you go. Im all for rigour, especially when it comes to texture, where you fire p the onions and carrots first,a nd then you hit the softer veggies and finally, you add the spices because they are fragiler, and then you let it simmer to a fine pulp.

My chronology is off because I am refering to the Mongol invasion of Japan - or rather the Discovery? investigation into it, which revealed that they probably used Chinese river boats. There were two invasions, the second being met with a newly erected stone wall, but both being destroyed by fortuitous gales.

is that rigour? I don;t know. I do know Ive been trying to connect the dots since I was in kindergarten and I didnt know who the fuck Shazam was.

"part of the same cultural decline of no rigor but plenty of talk...."

render unto Ceazar that which is coin, because the exchange rate for faoerie gold is one coin to a leaf and one gem to a dog turd.

Currency. Boats. You get my drift?

millerhuggins said...

I like mouth flappers as long as they're toe tappers.

PinkandlacePony said...

Goodie.
I don't know what I am saying most of the time so I just comment when I like something.
I think this is a really nice one. Really I just like looking at the images.

poppy said...

i haven't read any comments yet,
has anyone said Laura Owens? her stuff without all the creatures and little blue monkeys?

poppy said...

hey goodie,
this is a BLOG, say it very slowly, see how that sounds? that is exactly what it is. Equivalant of picking your nose and farting excpet you get to hear about some things or artist you haven't heard about. Why anyone would need to stroke their ego on a blog is beyond me..
, alot of talk... this isn't a real conversation my friend.. like poking your cock in a lightsocket..

about the ambiguous comment.. I believe to have ambiguity there has to be some semblance of subject.. that means something focused/ .. overall abstraction is a sign of itself and we read it as such.. decoration.. education..

goodie said...

true poppy and my apologies for being so naive....



nice image with the light socket...

gazinia said...
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Palooka said...

Zip, I don't understand what the hell you're saying half the time, but it's usually as entertaining as the artwork (if not more so....), today being no exception :)

Palooka said...

one thing I do like about this cotton-candy piece is the slimy-looking black branch in the lower right - looks like it's crawled out of the tidepool will slowly and painfully take down the Happy Tree...die cherry blossom, die...

mr.wakeup said...

Zip,
You plucked me out of context from the previous thread as to what my quote was referring to... your comment sounds like you may have overdosed on what you recommend...

As to this painting, it is too small for me to comment adequately.

kelli said...

Zip, does an angry troll really live within Artforum? How do we placate it. Casting runes? Appearing troll-like ourselves? My male shadow self weighs 300 pounds and works at Forbidden Planet. I should know the answers to these questions.

poppy said...

I, on the flipside, understand the cynicism, and where and why it hangs around art and the artworld..
there is alot to filter through..
understanding the whole of history is not the problem, understanding which parts to filter out is better serving..

zipthwung said...

"does an angry troll really live within Artforum?"

Yes, indeed. It has several names and as I said, has the power to take yours - like Satan.

How do we placate it.

1) Why? It reveres duchamp, professes to be a painter by trade, and recognizes several schools of dadaism, claiming to have done extensive research on duchamp and to have taught art history to undeserving college students.

Casting runes?
I prefer chiromancy, tyromancy, spatilomancy, rhapsodomancy...hieroscopy.


Appearing troll-like ourselves?

That's called a flame war in the parlance of the internet. I don't think anyone wins a flame war.

My male shadow self weighs 300 pounds and works at Forbidden Planet. I should know the answers to these questions.

Forbidden Planet, near the Strand bookstore. Your alter barely fits behind the counter.

Plucking stuff out of context - thats called pastiche or something - used as a put down, but the Punks used it and look at Hot Topic now!

need I mention that "Punk" used to be a pejorative?

ducktalez said...

Junko Kudo adopting an aesthetic tradition.

no-where-man said...
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kelli said...

Artforum Troll I will be your bride if you will say kind things about me. I'm sort of a virgin or at least unicorns sit on my lap if they are wasted. Are you anything like Bluebeard? Is there a secret room in your castle. Who is in there? Larry Zox and R.B. Kitaj?
Yeah and don't treat me like Griselda.

mr.wakeup said...

Zip,
You plucked me out of context from the previous thread as to what my quote was referring to...your comment sounds like you may have overdosed on what you recommend...

no-where-man said...

it is talkback referred to i see, also that the stupid orc is still up to it. lonely at the bottom.

kelli said...

No-where did you call me an orc? I will send my Jungian shadow self after you. He lives over his mom's garage and likes drawing muscular ladies in fetish gear but can never get the shading right.

no-where-man said...

ha no, that was toward artfourm/talkback - riddle me this!

but i will if you will send over your Jungian shadow self. sounds hot - i have the unicorns - my main one sports one of Kim Gordon's ice cream shirt and strap-on, and is into getting drunk.

kelli said...

This unicorn sounds skanky. Hope it splits the rent or can put up drywall.

painterdog said...

ducktalez:
aint nothing worng with her that $100 wont fix...
tom waits

painterdog said...

she could use some dance lessons

kelli said...

I meant skanky as a positive.

no-where-man said...

There were cherries and berries, as thick as might be seen

heh fluffy is hard to insult &, the drywalls up

kelli said...

Ok cause I'm a lady. I match my lipstick with my harness, like all fluffy animals and try not to hurt feelings.
Last post from me in this thread. I'm polluting it with geek humor. One more Bocaccio joke and I'll be playing D&D.

no-where-man said...

don't fret about feelings i have been refered to as "dead inside". how many lipstiks do you own... all this and many other questioned perhaps to be answered on some other thread someday.


Give me chasitiy and continence, but just not now

can anyone tell me y this is like Laura Owens?

painterdog said...

the trees I think.
I don't find anything like her work in this.

painterdog said...

Oh I like skanky...

painterdog said...

hey i'm a doggggg...
woof woof...

no-where-man said...

ha, are u on another debate painterdog? perhaps the ..

Tate acted illegally over purchase of Trustee work

thread? if so that blog, damn - paying to play and agroa gallery? and they insult america. heh. i see those kids have taken over talkback and are boring the orc however which brings me endless joy.

oh wait this is very off topic i will stop now..


i don't see laura owens, at all in this...

painterdog said...

nope not a trace of laura owens here.
more like a bad will cotton.

zipthwung said...

I thought it was part of the Leipzig school.

Laura owens owes a debt to whoever this paitning owes a debt to. Atmospheric "stained" background and solid shape foreground...they are using the same device.