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IMG2081 by mr tourette
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One of the most entertaining threads of the past year on A'bash was the thread around Dane Mitchell's winning work from the Waikato Art Award. The question was raised as to where could the award go from there, well the little art fairies in Hamilton have set a new precedent by posting up the finalists work to Facebook, which considering the gulag like security in previous years seems like the glimmer of a new era.

 

But odear it seems a bit thin, perhaps because of the Mitchell stouch a lot of artists have kept away. There is quite a bit of dopey painting; is this the future for painting in the 21 C; the retarded cousin from Hamilton? Several hangy things a la eva hesse mating with extreme knitting; Helen Calder may be a winning contender in the hangy thing field but the piece entered seems a bit overdone compared to the work in her last exhibition. There are the usual number of photographs and if it is photographys year then Heather Straker will probably snap the prize. And there is an odd looking audio work using a big industrial extractor fan by Ayesha Green which is promising..

 



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Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010

I like this one but I don't like the title, 'grass roots.' It suits the subject like a frame for a picture.

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Pinnochio
2 articles & 143 comments since 23 Feb 2010
Hi Madgie, why do you like this painting? What would you call it and what is your issue with framing?
Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010
I think a part of the paintings attractiveness lies in how the artist combines a picture and a medium to comment on contemporary culture clearly and concisely. I like the way historical accounts of this approach negate as rational judgments the order medium and subject matter typically narrate from art history.
I don’t like the title in relation to the historical references being made here. I read the work as the same kind of critique reminiscent of the early modernist traditions. It develops concepts of contemporary national identity by how past themes function in a confrontational kind of manner.
The idea that is being entertained already accumulates all the meaning that the painting needs to entertain this notion so a good title would not subvert the effect by contributing more. I’d be inclined to call it by what it is, something noun like, ‘Timmy’ or ‘Jimmy’ or ‘Rugby Field’.
To me picture frames tend to pose problems of a similar kind of nature. They can become devices that function like front end design elements and shift the purpose of the medium around once the painting is completed. Here via the means of a witty play on words like ‘grass roots’ the viewer is encouraged to once again go back, as if they missed a point that isn’t there in the first place.
cadmium hed
6 articles & 432 comments since 30 Apr 2006
oh for fuck sake it's just a painting.
....do you ever get a sore brain?
cadmium hed
6 articles & 432 comments since 30 Apr 2006

my noodle is going to pot,

though I am a girly swat,

but i think instead of drink,

and now my brain is too big.

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Pinnochio
2 articles & 143 comments since 23 Feb 2010
There seems to be a wee paradox in this line of thought; to do with the supposed historicism you perceive in the painting and your own understanding of art history, it seems that you are reframing the work.

I agree I don't like the title either but for different reasons, the artist is perhaps making a comment within the frame of the Waikato Award, after Dane Mitchell's effort, putting forward a nasty piece of conservative regional / nationalism, I can hear the comment "let's get back to grass roots" on talkback radio and on politicians lips.

The title is a linguistic manifestation of the artists intention and they stand or fall on their ability to match image skill and meaning and in this case I think these things mesh quite well; I just don't like what they are saying.
Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010
There is a paradox at every point. The little boy is not running so he is the paradox, and I would say that the artist is chasing themselves from within him, as opposed to chasing history around on canvas or in reality.
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Pinnochio
2 articles & 143 comments since 23 Feb 2010
the wee lad cant run because he has no legs perhaps?


is it chasing or reflecting or just sentimentalising the subject?









Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010
A young unassuming boy cradling a rugby ball is sentimental and his expression even more so. That gives the game away in the sense that he shows little potential of becoming like the next all black legend. On the other hand rugby used to be more about fun and less about being like the masculine icons young boys like to idolize and shape their identity with. Thats reflective by comparison.
nosferatu
1 articles & 323 comments since 27 Dec 2007
good grief...starting to suspect Madgie, are you talking about your own painting?

pinnochio best quotable quote: " the wee lad cant run because he has no legs perhaps?"

gold

I dislike the title which is completely twee,
I entirely dislike the painting also, but Im willing to conceded my dislike my be a watery form of approbation, because I grew up in the Waikato and still hate it. If the painting can inspire my irritation in such a way then it may be accurately reflecting some small minded rural Waikato truthiness.

accurate observation is a skill. If only I could be confident that the artist observed something and recorded it with irony in mind... and isnt just channelling their own rural small minded waikato truthiness self indulgently

fuck me, anyone?

Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010

nosferatu - goodness gracious me, I don't paint but I'm sensing that you do by the air of hostility in your tone. I like to look at visual art, very much but I am still learning about things like linear perspective and irony. I can't find an entry point in this one for example, how would you accurately approach such a (controversial??) work.

cheers - Madgie

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mr tourette
9 articles & 289 comments since 29 Jan 2009

Nice shot Madge "still learning about things like linear perspective and irony" where are you studying, Witclifffes or Cripple Creek (they dont do irony till the third year at C.C.)

The entry point for the second work plucked from the virtual alleyways of facebook is that it is unmitigated and unrelenting crap; it falls short (by several leagues) of good/bad and sits in that cold and windswept but hugely broad church of the bad / bad. It makes my eyes fucking bleed. It is some teen angst narcissistic vampire goth trendy blob but insists on the question... what did the judges reject...?

(If this is some naive first time self portrait of a kid with terminal conjunctivitis I am eternally sorry and will throw myself off a chair)

 

Cheers - Mr. (C.) Tourette.

Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010
I understand that good/bad is like trying to explain to someone what the color red is. If you happen to be standing in an art gallery at the time then how many examples will you point at before red becomes art in the eyes of the beholder?
There is always a time of needing to press art into a position to make it last, and that part is red for the moment. The beholder might then argue that bad/bad will become the new good/bad after it is picked and that would be a win/win situation because its a fact.
nosferatu
1 articles & 323 comments since 27 Dec 2007

oh dear me. and goodness gracious too.

I could have picked that someone is still learning about irony. But Im releived that the work is not in fact yours Madgie since I detest it so and you seem very sweet. Some of my best friends are painters and not all of them are completely hostile, unless you try and take away their wine. the sculptors on the other hand you gotta watch out for. jeepers and jiminy cricket.

Mr. Tourette after looking at the photographs of the finalist works I have asked myself the same question: what the hell was bad enough to throw out if this is what remains? no disrespect to the meagre handful of more serious works that are in there.

I would have thought that surely the whoo-ha over Mitchell stealing other peoples rubbish and calling it art would serve to create  more critical interest in the show rather than scaring all the contemporary artists away?
bunch of woosie girly lollies the lot of them.

mind you i didnt enter. feeling pretty stupid now, my macrame pot holder with embroidered portraits of all my dead pussycats probably had a chance of winning

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mr tourette
9 articles & 289 comments since 29 Jan 2009
Madge when bad / bad becomes good / good we are out of a job.

Nos, I agree its the fukn sculptors you gotta watch they will steal the milk from your (dead) cat. That macrame dead cat thing sounds like a def winner in the hangy thing section.
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Pinnochio
2 articles & 143 comments since 23 Feb 2010

Madgie; the wavelength of red is in the range of 635-700 nanometres. A nanometre is 1. x 10 to the power of 9 or 1,000,000,000 of a metre.

It is also the colour of stop. So as I live in the North, I hope you live in the South.

Nosferatu; I agree I would have thought all bets were off and the floodgates were open and yee-ha but instead we get this 'selection'.

Mr T. Do we need to ask what the 'C' stands for...

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mr tourette
9 articles & 289 comments since 29 Jan 2009

Indeed; its Charles.

Girl in a forest.

Do two trees constitute a forest, wouldnt it just be wood?

At least the artist had the wearwithall to attempt the feet in this one Pinnocchio or at least one foot; and why do girls lost in nebulous paintstorms need to be in their nighties?

...and most spooky of all why does she float there and cast no shadow? aieeeeeeee...........

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Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010
The figurative is making a direct attempt at the concept here, she might be sleepwalking so that her body is half of the problem. I don't like it because its like the concept is trying to prove itself by trying to disguise itself within the medium. Without paint the concept would have been more clearly stated in a fashionable photograph, or alternatively the medium could have stated that it was taken from a fashionable photograph as a more interesting concept.
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mr tourette
9 articles & 289 comments since 29 Jan 2009

...the more I look at this painting the more I am reminded of Munch's 'scream', but instead of the garish landscape screaming at the subject, it's screaming at me.

Madgie
43 comments since 2 Jul 2010
aieeeeeeee..........., I pick the little boy and the rugby ball. The other two paintings can't contain themselves.
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