3/13/2008

George Condo


87 comments:

Painter said...

George Condo @
Luhring Augustine
531 W. 24th St.
New York, New York 10011

zipthwung said...

what the christ.

CAP said...

Nailed it.

Idon'tbathe said...

Jesus, help me find my proper place
Jesus, help me find my proper place
Help me in my weakness
'Cos I'm falling out of grace
Jesus
Jesus

CAP said...

And have yourself a Picasso Easter, bunnies.

No Rush said...

Well it aint the Piss Christ but funny how it kinda looks like Eliot Spitzer

Last time painter put up Condo I remember a virtual lovefest. Is there anyone that doesn't like him?

Cross said...

We need an updated 7 deadly sins for painting. Perhaps Roberta can issue them... since she covered the 7 for collections and installations already. Probably 3 or 4 in this one painting.

zipthwung said...

monsters are as easy as pattern and decoration - its a thought loop, or maybe even a "thought stopper," in the parlance of cult deprogrammers. SO in a sense its anti-intellectual or what we have here is a failure to communicate anything other than ambivalence, which is what Polke is supposed to toe the line of right and then hes so fucking influential you cant even turn around without getting dicked. I invented the dot. Whatever.

Idon'tbathe said...

D Jes
Did Jesus fart?
Did Jesus fart in crowded rooms?
If Jesus did fart in crowded rooms, were they divine farts,
smelling far sweeter than any farts that had ever been farted
in the fart history of mankind?

concrete phone said...

zipthwung said...

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want/He leadeth me like a lamb to the lips/of the valley of the shadow of death/I am His rod and His staff/I am His sceptre and shaft/and she is heaven and hell/at whose gates I ain't been delivered/but I'm'a give those gates a shove/oh, hard on for love
:I don't believe in an interventionist God/But I know darling, that you do//But if I did, I would kneel down and ask him/Not to intervene, when he came at you

CAP said...

I guess George has his moments of faith, fleeting and inexplicable though they may be.

kombo said...

Jesus

webthing said...

nipples for eyes
belly for nose
loincloth buckteeth

Idon'tbathe said...

*
o

* Death favours those that favour death
o

* Dream on 'til you can dream no more/for all our great plans, babe/will be dreams forevermore
o

* I'm a bad motherfucker don't you know/and I'll crawl over fifty good pussies just to get to one fat boy's asshole
o

* Far worse be Love's lover than the lover Love has scorned
o

* O the same God that abandoned her/has in turn abandoned me/and softenin' the turf with my tears/I dug a well of misery


* Displeasing people keeps you awake with a good healthy fuck-you attitude

CAP said...

In 1999 Condo received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2005 he received the Francis J. Greenberger Award.

But he's always been 'Bad', right?

An eye for an eye

Strictly tit for old tat

viewerslikeyou said...

More than anything about this painting I really enjoy how the wood of the cross is painted.

And speaking of...

just for once Zip, get of the cross, somebody else needs the wood.

zipthwung said...

Im kinf of the hill, viewer. Or didnt you get that yet? WHen Im not cribbing idontbathes schtick or riffign offa the squares, Im pretty much going gaga for google and shit. I just found my pops recycling - bunch of cans of nutritious tube feeding slurry. Maybe i make some art out of it call it "lunch money" or some shit. Plenty of wood to go around or can't you see the trees for the forest? Vlad had it right - if you cant take the heat go back to turkey. What are you going to use for nails anyays? swizzle sticks?

zipthwung said...

O Zip a duden duden duden zip a duden day and shit.

No Rush said...

hey he called you a square, cap.

The background in this Condo is like a Beat Velasquez. Beautiful. Anywhere to see Condos on the west coast?

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Cross said...

Dismas. Changes the whole thing for me. :-)

Perhaps that gallery can also exhibit "Apple Cider Dismas" alongside this one.

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Idon'tbathe said...

Queef just tries to make me click on quaff

zipthwung said...

“How would you define the Birch fallacy?” Jay Hall asked.

“The fallacy,” I said, “is the assumption that you can infer subjective intention from objective consequence: we lost China to the Communists, therefore the President of the United States and the Secretary of State wished China to go to the Communists.”

“I like that,” Goldwater said.

No Rush said...

yeah and don't follow the money, either

No Rush said...

Great movie, happy ending: In The Good Thief, the film's narrative follows Bob from his state as a heroin-addicted loser to a miraculous transformation as he cleans up his act, and in what seems like an act of divine intervention, wins millions at a casino, and walks off triumphantly into the sunset with Anne, the beautiful prostitute/heroin-smoker he has protected and cared for.

concrete phone said...

and so q was he remembered or have we forgot.
They say when we are born we forget everything, and when you die you remember...
...to turn out the lights.
good night
DLTBBB

zipthwung said...

And now the plot thickens. In order to avoid accidents coony old Antonio had had false bottoms put in his two valises as well as his trunk, and in the pocket of one of them he had stowed away the baggage-check and a sight draft for twenty-four hundred pounds. In the other were the family jewels—among them some formerly belonging to the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico.

CAP said...

Dismas! of course! That explains why I couldn’t make out the crown of thorns! I was thinking stylization, abstraction and the artist is such a slob. But Dismas is one part dismay and two parts Disney with about the same mass and almost no velocity when canonized. I think we played against St Dismas in hockey. He was a hit in the remake and got the girl or what he thought was the girl but turned out to be you know, really evil and that. But shits happens! There’s a divine plan and if you’re a doctor you’ll have the patience and sing along.

Remember Barabbas? The Flyshit version from 61? The Mighty Quinn beats the rap on a plea bargain even though he is, like a sinner. And afterwards he feels bad, all the time! Big Dino was the producer and Jimmy Durante played Jesus and before they go to the Jewry Jimmy leans over and says “Look, I don’t want to seem like a sore loser Sundance, but if I go down for this, make sure this whole crew lose everything, right?” And Ernest Borgnine who is like Lucius Shepard or something says “It’ll be a pleasure”. And you know he is so cruel there ain’t no exodus from that brig.

Anyway the end is beatific because you can’t actually kill him anyway cos he’s not really there on the physical plane, or maybe the picture plane, and “you’re only doing this to yourselves” type shit and you can bounce him from the tribe but when you’re right you’re right, right?

Take me higher!

zipthwung said...

i saw there will be blood today. Now I get the whole milkshake thing and the false prophet line was pretty good - so i wish id made a jesus picture - good thing to wait till after the passion for a better movie to release that stuff - the soundtrack oftwbb made the movie pretty much - kind of a weird mix of jonathan bepler (whoever his influences are) and satie or some shit. I dont know - think of dead man with the neil young soundtrack.

i drink your milkshake - kind of jungian in a sense.

zipthwung said...

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CAP said...

My Redeemer Investeth.

poppy said...

I like Condo in many ways. I like some of the the 'bad' characteristics of his painting,.. the characters are a little repetitive. I would like to see him push these a little farther in the 'good' way,. somehow maybe a mix between his muddier palette and something 'cleaner' (both at once on the same figure) well that is my fantasy condo painting (all of course based on looking at jpegs and magazines..)

webthing said...

is this still one of the antipods?

i dunno man. in an age of appropriation/reference he used to be the guy who just went straight from the imagination. flat bizarre funny psychological, even cheesy. taking on icons is another thing for him u guess.

did anyone ever see the condo painting doco by john mcnaughton kinda

zipthwung said...

Imagination is a trap I wouldnt sweat it - its been said that Condo has talent to burn, whatever that means - maybe that hes ethanol powered or something; talent to burn is like saying youve got life to live or food to eat. We're wasting daylight here condo.

Speaking of condo's the ones on McKarren park in wburg should be going down in price or are they veblen goods like paintings and concept cars? Not all buildings are created equal - and since when is surrealism ok? Anyone doing cubism seriously and getting credit in painting class?

And finally, is anyone talking about the whitney biennial as a force for anything other than keeping the pipeline open?

Idon'tbathe said...

Exterminator
Mm-hmm.
You want I should spit right in your face?
You want, hmm?
You want? You want?
I ran out.
You ran out?
Oh, that's nice.
You ran out.
It's impossible you run out.!
What'd you do, eat the stuff?.
The Chink shortchanged me.
No "glot.

CAP said...

There’s a Kalm You-Tube on a Condo show where he falls to his knees sobbing and they bond over the East Village Scene from the early 80s, revel in his Excellency at ‘bad’ painting and dazzling eclecticism.

Yeah George has it all, and it’s never enough.

They used to say that about Clemente as well. “The guy has it ALL – talent to burn!”. Not only that, it turned out he had other people’s talent as well. That was the burn part I guess.

In Condo’s caso I take it they mean he could draw, when contemporaries like Schnabel, Salle and Fischl could only schmooze. It’s not the same thing, although there’s a sense in which they both suck or burn.

Could be a title for an essay on George of The Condo.

The Schnab also used to pitch the “Picasso is still THE MAN” line, while George was working his way through Mirō knockoffs. It made a change from nominating Warhol, at least. But there’s also something safe about reruns, a convenient measure for ‘skill’. Skill – that’s where you have the master’s tricks down. But the real skill is in the kill – the breakout – the denial and dream run.

KILL YR IDOLS!

zipthwung said...

It's funny.
It's actual very funny what you just said.

:03:44
Ran out.

:03:46
They can either paint it, or draw it, or write
it down and then pass it on to somebody.

:03:50
They read what you're saying,
and then they reexperience.

:03:53
That's the only connection
you have with that, man.

:03:55
So you can't rewrite...

:03:57
'cause to rewrite is to deceive and lie...

zipthwung said...

gold is over a 1000 dollars an ounce. Dont panic people.

frederic said...

the picasso reference was appropriate.

the price he paid for this canvas probably would've bought me 15.

subtle, lucious spanish black tones ...

i hope someone buys this.

Cross said...

Does Schnabel now say Spielberg is still the man?

frederic said...
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zipthwung said...

Captain Hendry: Twenty thousand tons of steel is an awful lot of metal for an airplane.

Carrington: It is for the sort of airplane we KNOW, Captain.
Scotty: An intellectual carrot: the mind boggles!

Scotty: Watch the skies!

Scotty: I'm not going to tell you you're full of wild blueberry muffins, but I can assure you my readers will think so.

CAP said...

On You Tube The Schnab say "In Hollywood, money a form of censorship" or similar.

You can't make films about certain things because they won't make enough money for the investors, according to THE MAN.

The Schnab struggles on (sniff), his heart warming vision of the incredibly resourceful man/artist overcoming the system! nature! tough breaks!

Someone Herzog me!

And an utterly clichéd approach to narrative! character! acting! and the pictures you make them from!

CAP said...

OK so Michael Almereyda made me say that.

He told me he had a gun in his pocket.

You did too.

Even when he's only house sitting, his mind is on Hollywood and condos. That look in his eyes!

C'mon Mike, you're worth ten Schnabels and a Malibu condo!

Idon'tbathe said...

Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing sprit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.

zipthwung said...

If you eat those little prizes, and you save the Crackerjacks,
If you really think they're ever gonna cut the income tax,
You need an analyst,
(You need) I need (he needs) we need
Everybody needs an analyst.

zipthwung said...

All right, if the applicant is young, tell him he's too young. Old, too old. Fat, too fat. If the applicant then waits for three days without food, shelter, or encouragement he may then enter and begin his training.

CAP said...

The working title for Life of Brian was Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory.

zipthwung said...

To what end? Where does the book go from there?

Well, he's instantly snapped up by the CIA, because prime numbers are very useful in cryptography. I haven't written much of it yet, though.

concrete phone said...

People should grow with their nails.
Bedspreads are a thing of the past. Hotels still use them. Why is that? I have no idea? All I know is that no matter how expensive a room is, with or without a view, five star, lucky star, whatever, they aren't real. Well, Ok, I tucked into a dooner in one, but that was in MY DREAMS

I'm not entirely sure what art should be focusing on dreaming. Art has to be about dooners. Reality is something like that. Hotels aren't the sponsors of dooners, because the air space in hotels is not sufficient to guarantee reign. So you get the rug with a bit of silk on the end of it, in the hope that no-one will figure it's not a retro thing it's just business, Mmmm silk on the cheeks.
Boxers.

No Rush said...

And oh yes, I said it: white preachers lie. In fact, they lie with a skill, fluidity, and precision unparalleled in the history of either preaching or lying, both of which histories stretch back a ways and have often overlapped. They lie every Sunday, as they talk about a Savior they have chosen to represent dishonestly as a white man, in every picture to be found of him in their tabernacles, every children's story book in their Sunday Schools, every Christmas card they'll send to relatives and friends this December. But to lie about Jesus, about the one they consider God--to bear false witness as to who this man was and what he looked like--is no cause for concern.

CAP said...

Jesus was a soul man

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zipthwung said...

He also chronicles his trip to the Philippines to be hung from a cross, an event that was recorded by a photographer and videographer and formed part of an art exhibition that was extensively covered by the news media in his home country.

concrete phone said...

erstwhile

CAP said...

The stress positions disclosed valuable information on the big picture plane. The Spanish Inquisition, up to Abu Ghraib was tortured by the prospect of doubt, dissent and duplicity. The empire struck black and blue at phantoms in the background noise, ingrained spirits and the abstractions of men, broke all the rules in the name of ruling, committed crimes in the name of justice, transgressed in the name of homeland.

The jazz was in the followers, the settlers, the slaves to need and nomad’s land. The natives, un-nurtured, unconvertible and inconvenient are written out, masked and free-transformed, excised and exorcised. The big picture is in the re-painting, re-touching and slobbering preservation and patronage. Riffing on the virgin land, the vast bare expanse and the all white cast. Sketches of pain, drafts of darkness and a cartoon made in hell. The echo continues, when you listen for it, the bunnymen burn their crosses, dig for eggs.

zipthwung said...

First i'm gonna make it
Then i'm gonna break it
Till it falls apart
Hating all the faking
And shaking while you're breaking
My brittle heart
Brittle heart
Brittle heart
And our little heart
Goes


Bring on the new messiah
Wherever he may roam
Bring on the new messiah
Wherever he may roam
Bring on the new messiah
Wherever he may roam
Bring on the new messiah
Wherever he may roam

CAP said...

Rome is for Romans.

webthing said...

ssssssssssssssssssssss
adness

webthing said...

total art for none
marginal feelings for

another

great

loss

and

another

great

chain

the

old

and

the

sick

of

game




but the young, well.

No Rush said...

that's my ringtone. gotta change it. too depressing...
Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him


Well, Jesus will be here
Be here soon
he's gonna cover us up with leaves
With a blanket from the moon
With a promise and a vow
And a lullaby for my brow
Jesus gonna be here
Be here soon


Brightness as pure as December sunshine
And like a girl Jesus she makes it mine
Without a doubt, puts herself down on the line
And like a girl Jesus she's undefined
Life without end, she ignores linear time
And like a girl Jesus she's doing fine.


Jesus, Jesus, help me find my proper place;
Jesus, Jesus help me find my proper place;
Help me in my weakness 'cos Im falling out of grace;
Jesus, Jesus

Idon'tbathe said...

Jesus, help me find my proper place
Jesus, help me find my proper place
Help me in my weakness
'Cos I'm falling out of grace
Jesus
Jesus

zipthwung said...

(We want to be free
We want to be free to, to do what we want to do
We want to be free to ride, and
[Yeah]
We want to be free to ride our machines without being hassled by the man [Yeah, lean on him now]
And we want to get loaded]
[Yeah])

Jesus take me to a higher place
Sliding in 'n' out of grace
Christ - body and blood I crave
Sliding in 'n' out of grace, yeah

Cry for mercy, relieve my hate
Sliding in 'n' out of grace
Spill my seed, suck my waste
Sliding in 'n' out of grace

Oh God, how I love to hate
Sliding in 'n' out of grace
Save me Lord, and fuck the race
Sliding in 'n' out of grace
Yeah

Idon'tbathe said...

That is the most immature thing I've ever read in my life. Jesus cares about everyone, you just have to accept him. And the song is about realizing your in the wrong, and being saved, and it just took someone hitting rock bottom to realize it. Grow up and read the Bible before you make an offensive comment like that.A turtle given a Christmas treat of Brussels sprouts caused a Boxing Day emergency when it set off an alarm at a sea life centre – by passing wind.

Its bubbles in the water tank were sent up a tube to the surface, where they popped and splashed water on to a sensor.

Marine biologist Sarah Leaney rushed to the 500,000 litre tank in Weymouth, Dorset, assuming it was overflowing.

'Sprouts are a healthy Christmas treat for sea turtles,' she said. 'But they give similar side effects to those experienced by humans.'

No Rush said...

i need a new ringtone. something that will make people think im really cool when they hear it. Suggestions?

How bout Submission, can I get that?

Im on a submarine mission for you baby
I feel the way you were going
I picked you up on my tv-screen
I feel your undercurrent flowing

Submission going down down
Dragging me down submission
I cant tell ya what Ive found

Youve got me pretty deep baby
I cant figure out your watery love
I gotta solve your mystery
Your sitting it out in heaven above

Submission going down down
Dragging me down submission
I cant tell you what Ive found
For theres a mystery
Under the sea under a water
Come share it

zipthwung said...

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"

zipthwung said...

It means, literally, a tiny world inside which a student can explore alternatives, test hypotheses, and discover facts that are true about that world. It differs from a simulation in that the student is encouraged to think about it as a "real" world, and not simply as a simulation of another world (for example, the one in which we physically move about in).A example of a very real problem in the State of Maine: how do different strains of bees cross-pollinate blueberry fields?

No Rush said...

i love turtles, also frogs.

right now i'm leaning towards coney island baby

CAP said...

Peace Sign Turns 50

It started as a rallying image for the British anti-nuclear movement in the late ’50s and went on to become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable—and widely adopted—symbols. But did you know that the iconic peace sign was originally derived from the semaphore alphabet?

Akinol said...

See here or here

kalm james said...

For those of you interested in a video tour of the George Condo exhibition (with a warm-up by Joy Garett) check out:

http://www.blip.tv/file/764417

Enjoy JK

concrete phone said...

Joy's paintings look good, very sexy marks and color, kind of remind me 80's immendorf, very confidently put down with a sense of media immediateness... and thanks for the preview of god. I forgot they wore those white robes your way.
Here god dresses uniqlo.

JpegCritic said...

awesome kj.

JpegCritic said...

That really is some lame-ass wood.

Braquesque styling would've been more
interesting... If not for the fact that that style
wouldv'e been out-of-line with the Condo™ line.
Gotta stick with the style-guide yo.

Was this subcontracted in the South Korea studio?

I will try to check it out before the tape-out.

zipthwung said...

I think Joy and Condo are in the sane territory with atmospheric effects and surface yexture repectively.

Condo is featured inthe latest issue of Harpers magazine - along with abu gahraib type stuff.

SPme good elementary film theory in the latest issue of the Believer, too - check out Zizek on the DVD - hes sort of doing his "Looking Awry" schtick. Gotta love the symbolic order.

JpegCritic said...

ah I get it....

Looking Askance

As in lacan's depiction of the
Arago phenomenon...
so we look at Christ,
but really see the sinner.

CAP said...

Joy is in another division.

zipthwung said...

I doubt the mass of the cental figure. It feels flat. I prefer my forms sculptural, as if walking around them would make me see them in a new light. Instead I am left withthe impresion fromt he image on line here, that I am getting it. An dfurther, when I see the image reproduced mechanicly in a magazine, I get the feeling that the image itself is the important thing and not the surface or the ground, or the gallery or the price tag. In short, it is a sign of a sign. Why not add a few more and we can reference infinite regression as well? Freud's mirror stage and the staging of the real, prefereably on a patio with a bbbbbbqqq.

From there we might say its referencing jasper johns in a photo studio backdrop kind of way. especially with the grey part in light of the current morbid show up at the met, which really sunk my battleship in it's onanistic eroticism. Give me a figure any day, - me I'm into Frank Frazetta or navajo rugs as the answer to the real.

No Rush said...

It's Mad Magazine all the way.

No Rush said...

This year's Hunky Jesus is a cutie

CAP said...

Signature apart - if you didn't know this was a Condo, could you tell just by looking at it?

zipthwung said...

The process he describes is one of query-based searches rather than data mining. ""We create models, and say 'these would be the observables'"" or behaviors that would be expected to flow from those models, Tether said. ""We then take that pattern to the databases, and see if that pattern exists.""

JpegCritic said...

I thought the pinch-proportioned face
was enough of a signature...

... Not a criticism...
I'm comforted of having
the ability to identify a Condo
thru the world wide web.

zipthwung said...

comix

http://bblmedia.com/ugly_old_man.jpg

ZAP!

Blow it up to 10,000 megaga million pixels using software and print it large.

concrete phone said...

Could we tell its a Condo, but of course. Condo paints faces that speak to him in the light of the imagination on a rainy day. Their bodies are weightless, so to speak, standing on two droplets of water to keep out the sun, to keep them afloat, to appear a little taller than they actually art.