2/01/2007

Graham Parks


35 comments:

Painter said...

Graham Parks @
Kinz, Tillou + Feigen
535 West 20th Street
NYC 10011

Cross said...

I want to like these paintings but:

i want them to be larger...
i want them to have texture...
i want them to contain the life of the landscape they mimic...
i want them to have a soul...

but...

they don't.

closeuup said...

When the intellectual component of abstraction is no longer its reaction against dominance, then what is it going to be? This guy is trying out received imagery, reduction and mechanistic accrual, like whats her name the LA artist that traces the stains. It's interesting...

Jackson used to sit and stare for days at the thicket of trees out behind his place. Then when he internalized the rhythm, structure and the complexity, he connected it with things he felt inside. Then he let it flow. Messy like KMA said.

zipthwung said...

this painting puts me in a really negative space. Or I'm hungover. Or both. WHere's the grey area? Is the meaning of messy.
I dont feel like this person is standing in the way of controll the way the little dutch boy did back in the day.

But I am interested in the snowflakers, as I am calling them. Swoon and Yuken Teruya, off the top of the head. There are tons of stencil-n-wheatpaste people. Then theres Erik Parker who less anal - featured here I think. How about the motherfuckers who scrape vinyl off of glass? Its pathological.

Coke or speed. i could make a lot of work on speed. im doing two cups of sludge and its working for me right now. Its worth the stomach acid and the DNA unzippingly lethal doses of caffeine if I can actually make something.

i dont see how this artist can do it. THe calming repetition - but obsessiveness is something I promided myself I'd never do more than one of at a time, you know?
obsessive work puts the ass in passive in my book.

But stenciling - thats focus, like a lazer stencil, which is what Id do - that or copper plate acid etched silkscreen. Jesus christ this motherfucker makes me want to sandblast skulls in my teeth.

Those with photoshop may have experiemrnted witht he paint bucket tool on a jpg or two - its rad. Theres also a neat little fucntion called "select color range" which makes it neat and tidy. Up the contrast, copy it out on a transparency or two and shoot your silkscreen. I reccoment white on green. Or black on tan.

Im still learning to use my body, the blood brain barrier thing is hard to grasp, but once you do its world of warcfraft 24-7, dig?
But Whats the fucking message?
I cut so you dont have to?

operation enduring artist said...

the subject matter seems to be detatched from his interests...its function seems to simply be an excuse to paint.
why then is the subject matter so foregrounded. why does the tree remain a tree? seems like more depth could be achieved with more separation from the real. the reel.

closeuup said...

resurrection in 30 seconds

exu said...

I am listening ti thom yorke.i am drinking wine-i spent five hours in the senate gallery re cockfighting ban-am close to adopting a rat terrier who blinks with satisfaction

exu said...

so ,process...can fuck itself

exu said...

mine,yours

exu said...

be blind.

zipthwung said...

Re: Pulsed

"Psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland found that after just 30 seconds of watching television the brain begins to produce alpha waves, which indicates torpid (almost comatose) [slow] rates of activity. Alpha brain waves are associated with unfocused, overly receptive states of consciousness. A high frequency alpha waves [sic] does not occur normally when the eyes are open. In fact, Mulholland’s research implies that watching television is neurologically analogous to staring at a blank wall.

zipthwung said...

Re: Bromides.

He cannot resist the occasional bromide: "Ninety percent of diplomacy is a question of who blinks first."
-- Gary J. Bass, "The Negotiator", New York Times, July 11, 1999

zipthwung said...

bzzzzzz

Concrete Phone said...

Teruya's discarded bags which he meticulously transforms into beautiful forms and silhouettes remind us that the simplest act and craft can be transforming--take us back prior the 'adorned'.

Parks has this too, though the disparate elements/styles are feeling a little worn, or are getting too comfortable, and have the appearance of somewhat lounging in their 'unfit'. That's paint! You can do so much with it, that you do. And this sometimes takes one further away from the act.

realdeal said...

this dude is answering his true calling..his last name is parks..very personal work.

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zipthwung said...

Person A: Pete and Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?
Person B: Repeat.
Person A: Pete and Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?
Person B: Repeat.
Person A: Pete and Repeat were in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?
Person B: Repeat.

realdeal said...

oh yea and he used to work at fiegen like 8 years ago. btw these paintings do have texture.

would he paint trees if his last name was katz ?

realdeal said...

but,soul...zero. i agree with cross

zipthwung said...

be here now

realdeal said...

so you don't think his work is authentic ? i laughed when I saw that... a bit extreme though
how do you come up with your links on the spot like that do you have a special folder with stuff.

Concrete Phone said...

ZIP IS THE FOLDER.

zipthwung said...

Magic Theatre
For madmen only
price of admission
your
mind

zipthwung said...

Im not impressed with surface effects
unless its a hail mary caught in the middle of a determined offense.
And what other fence is there?

no-where-man said...

the folder is called "google" - key words, site searches - the find in this page. oh my.

off hand does anyone know where to take a cheap good anatomy class in nyc?

zipthwung said...

i am google.

Try the arts students league.

dharmabum said...

if there were no zip it would be necessary to invent one

no-where-man said...

have you taken classes there?

burrito brother said...

Does he use flocking?

operation enduring artist said...

does minerva give anatomy lessons?

SisterRye said...

Marbled endpapers. Sponges right out of the wrapper smelling like cleaning fluid. Sidewalk installation art. Cracked paint roller putty. It leaves me dry. Hacking.

zipthwung said...

Friend took clases at asl - I cant recommend any one teacher but I think they all have good academic backgrounds (better than Marvel anyways), unike the state school I went to. Hippies. Gotta love em, so they say. Tuition is cheap too. Tcheck out free figure drawing at your alma mater too - then you can draw proportion perspective and pick up a book for the muscles.

Everyone should get a flocking gun. Or a Wacom tablet - i got a little one and its pretty sweet. It scales up your drawing just like using a stick. And the line weight changes with pressure - 512 is plenty good. best 100 bucks I ever spent.
Im a little better than keith haring. AEIOU and sometimes Y.

no-where-man said...

no i am genuinely going. that + the piers, it goes well.

closeuup said...

anatomy lesson

JpegCritic said...

I always bow-down to the frisket-people.

And I go ga-ga over frisket-fanbrush-people.

Simply gaa-gaa.

Masterful, well-planned, constrained. But I hope such constraint and control doesn't amount to a false sense of maturity. I'd like to see more range in the future.