February 27, 2012

oscar murillo

Drawings off the wall (1-4),  2011
Oscar Murillo was born in 1986 in Colombia. He lives and works in London, UK. Employing the idea of sacrificial work, which is used as a tool to make another, Oscar perpetuates the cycle and the idea goes on, propelled by failure, beginning and ending with failure.

Eat this (mother fucker!)2011

Assimilating ideas of archaeology, collapse, ruin, and restructuring within these processes Oscar’s ouvre becomes a series of paintings and sculptural objects using a variety of materials. Folded away on the peripheries of his studio floor, rejected off-cuts of canvasses begin to show evidence of activity in the studio - dirt, dust, and fluids are marks present on its surfaces.

You're never as good as the first one, 130x95x50cm, 2011


February 25, 2012

Helmut Federle

"You know, I once said to [Agnes Martin]: “For me, you are one of the last great landscape painters.” And she looked at me, became quite adamant and said, “No, that’s not true! I make non-relational abstractions.” I saw this as a typical dogma, a dogma that came up in the 60s, that you have to be a non-relational artist. I question that. What does non-relational even mean? Why would you want to make a statement of the moment?"

Helmut Federle, The Brooklyn Rail, November 2009

Basics on Composition XXI (For Lee Harvey Oswald), 1992, oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches (40 x 50 cm)

Basics on Composition LII (Snow White), 1993, oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches (40 x 50 cm)

Helmut Federle shows at Peter Blum in NY.  Click HERE for more information.

February 6, 2012

"Unpainted Pictures"

EMIL NOLDE  (7 August 1867 – 13 April 1956)
German painter and printermaker.

...After 1941, the Nazi's forbade Emil Nolde to paint, claiming he was a degenerate artist.
Nevertheless, during this period he created hundreds of watercolors, which he hid. 
He called them the "Unpainted Pictures".
In 1942 Nolde wrote:
There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue. Every colour holds within it a soul, which makes me happy or repels me, and which acts as a stimulus. To a person who has no art in him, colours are colours, tones tones...and that is all. All their consequences for the human spirit, which range between heaven to hell, just go unnoticed.