donderdag, januari 28, 2016

Jason Schmidt: Artists #3

Pae White
, Los Angeles, California, 2009.

"This is my garage studio which pretty much looks chaotic all of the time because it's simply too small and I am somewhat in denial about this. It's clear by the face-down monitor in the background that I have time management issues and there is no better team player in the art of procrastination than my dog. The problem is it's very difficult to get any work done when KeeBee is in the studio. I constantly take breaks to check on her pointy ears, or her black lined eyes, her profile, the color transitions on her hind legs, even her smell.
I think when you love someone or something so profoundly it's hard to find suitable words that encapsulate that feeling. It becomes natural to invent words or mutate language as a substitute, kind of like reverse synesthesia. When I found my dog as a puppy I named her Foggy. She became KeeBee two weeks later."

Philip Taaffe, 2004.

Richard Aldrich, Brooklyn, New York, 2009.

Richard Prince, Rensselaerville, New York, 2005

Robert Mangold, 2014.

Sam Durant, Los Angeles, California, 2002.

"This is a view of the studio with work in progress on Upside Down: Pastoral Scene. I used Robert Smithson's Upside Down Tree (1969) as a starting point and a reference to the other ways the tree has been used in American culture. In the Bible and philosophy, the tree is used as a symbol of knowledge. In the Old Testament, the Tree of Knowledge is the source of evil, and man is expelled from paradise for consuming its fruit. In Enlightenment philosophy, the opposite is true: Knowledge is a source of freedom and power. In American culture, the tree has come to represent a brutal dialectic. It is a model of the family and of home—one's family tree and one's roots in the community—but it is also the hanging tree, the lynching tree. The song "Strange Fruit" as sung by Billie Holiday powerfully illustrates the hanging tree. This is the tree that symbolizes America's history of oppression and violence." (bron en foto's; Jason Schmidt)

Honderden kunstenaarsportretten van Jason Schmidt zijn te zien bij de bron (hk).

> Philip Taaffe
> Richard Prince
> Sam Durant

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