Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nathalie Djurberg: Plastic Degradation

This is the work of Swedish born, Nathalie Djurberg, a very hot artist on the international scene right now. She most recently exhibited as part this year's Venice Biennale. Mistress Djurberg creates plasticine people, animals and monsters and films them doing unspeakable things to each other and themselves. It is grotesque, degrading and alarmingly liberating. This is the grown up version of the secret lives of Barbie. You know; torture, hatred, mayhem. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Frank Auerbach

It's amazing the numbers of painters there are in the world. I was just recently introduced to this artist by a friend of mine, Anna, who is taking what sounds like a very scintillating painting class at the local art college.

Frank Auerbach is a German born painter who was sent to England during the early years of WWII to escape the threat of extermination. His parents stayed behind and were killed in a Nazi concentration camp because they were Jewish.

After the war Frank stayed in England.

These portraits are of his lover Stella, his wife Julia and a professional model named Juliet.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dildo Girls

A most recent discovery of mine: Lynda Benglis. An abstract expressionist who created and still creates poured objects very sensual and mysterious.

Makes me think of Louise Bourgeouis.

And Jackson Pollock.

What caught my attention though was this...

In 1974, Ms. Benglis, tired of the sexy girl syndrome and the over abundance of men men men running the world of art, created and placed a series of advertisements in Artforum magazine.
This one was the piece de resistance and very controversial. People said her art mustn't be too good if she had to resort to behaving like this!

It reminded me of some work I did way back in art school when we were assigned to draw folds.

Any other girls out there making art with dildos?

Let me know. We could have a dildo show!