monochromes and hard edged abstraction

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LJ i have no idea. for one thing that yellow richard aldrich is so awesome to me.

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:36 (nine years ago) link

The OP ones were quite good tbf

"one Lamb Ceylon plz" "FUCK YOU COLONIALIST SCUM" (acoleuthic), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:42 (nine years ago) link

this is one of my favourite things abt the erased de kooning i have ever read (ex ilxor anth0ny east0n)

and the erased de kooning--the erased dekooning had a holiness unmatched, all of that mysticism, of trying to erase, and failing to erase, and the weird freudian energy of recreating the primal scene there, and the making of work via absences, and how absences are presences, and how tender, he worked on making sure that drawing disappared, how the amount of tools for erasal were matched by the amount of tools of creation...

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:44 (nine years ago) link

http://donchristensen.com/images/SouthOfThePark01.jpg

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:45 (nine years ago) link

also EDB <3. that installation view of stations of the cross was the only image included w/ my thesis.

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:46 (nine years ago) link

and he went through 40 erasers doing it too!

I'm banishing you to a time warp from which you will never return (EDB), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:47 (nine years ago) link

Xpost that is.

And re: Stations of the Cross: totally. I entirely think that Barnett Newman is the greatest painter ever. Just look how badass he is here:

http://www.npg.org.uk:8080/irvingpenn/images/bn.jpg

I'm banishing you to a time warp from which you will never return (EDB), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:50 (nine years ago) link

oo i like that one who is it

LA river flood (lukas), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:51 (nine years ago) link

yeah but most of these guys are completely essential imo

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:51 (nine years ago) link

I've never really got Peter Halley. granted I don't know anything about him, but aesthetically I find his works to be kind of off putting. I can't not think of the square tool in MSpaint when I see his works (although they probably look a lot better in person when they're more than a few inches in size).

I'm banishing you to a time warp from which you will never return (EDB), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:52 (nine years ago) link

i guess thats the point tho?

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:53 (nine years ago) link

reeeally struggling to suppress the post-loads-of-ellsworth-kelly impulse

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:55 (nine years ago) link

http://cs.nga.gov.au/IMAGES/MED/102563.JPG

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:57 (nine years ago) link

wkiw anne truitt btw

http://hirshhorn.si.edu/dynamic/programs/image_1_415.jpg

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:58 (nine years ago) link

think i've mentioned before ws barnett newman tho

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:58 (nine years ago) link

stone fox

http://academics.smcvt.edu/gblasdel/art/Barnett%20Newman.jpg

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 20:59 (nine years ago) link

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/abstractexpressionism/images/AdReinhardt-Abstract-Painting-No-5-1962.jpg

think this is the ad reinhardt we saw at tate modern btw lj

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:03 (nine years ago) link

ah nice yeah I dig that one a lot even if it isn't as stark as the other stuff here

"one Lamb Ceylon plz" "FUCK YOU COLONIALIST SCUM" (acoleuthic), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:04 (nine years ago) link

To be honest it's probably a lot less stark in person than in a reprod, knowing ad reinhardt.

No Yves yet?

http://blindflaneur.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/yves_klein_ikb.jpg

I'm banishing you to a time warp from which you will never return (EDB), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:06 (nine years ago) link

Although I have no idea, I didn't know he made non all black works.

I'm banishing you to a time warp from which you will never return (EDB), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:07 (nine years ago) link

whose that guy that just paints peter saville record covers again

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:08 (nine years ago) link

There's a fine line between stuff that looks like it belongs on the wall of an art gallery, and stuff that looks like it's in the reception area of a leisure centre.

ninjas and lasers and gold and (snoball), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:09 (nine years ago) link

2 summers ago, one of the best art exhibits I saw happened to be an airport terminal :X (Corporate patronization of art of not, finding a 30 foot long Richard Serra sculpture at the foot of an escalator is quite a pleasant surprise).

Also, re: Newman (this made me at least smile)

http://www.peterholck.dk/images/Portr%C3%A6tserien/Barnet%20Newman%20portr%C3%A6t.%201996.%2065x65%20cm.%20Akryl%20p%C3%A5%20l%C3%A6rred..jpg

I'm banishing you to a time warp from which you will never return (EDB), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:12 (nine years ago) link

srsly

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:21 (nine years ago) link

http://www.kuttnersiebert.de/artists/haggerty/pics/haggerty2010/hagg10-002.jpg

i cant even

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:22 (nine years ago) link

anyway i cant think of any more right this second

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:25 (nine years ago) link

Whoa, those are awesome.

I'm banishing you to a time warp from which you will never return (EDB), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:27 (nine years ago) link

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/blogon/upload/2008/12/keithcoventry.png

keith coventry maybe

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:27 (nine years ago) link

i kind of hate keith coventry

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:28 (nine years ago) link

^^fergus martin is a pretty awesome irish painter who is really worth checking out btw

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:34 (nine years ago) link

raoul de keyser has done some monochromes

http://trendbeheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Raoul-de-Keyser.jpg

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:47 (nine years ago) link

(mad love btw)

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 21:48 (nine years ago) link

http://www.coloraday.com/y_mar_09/Albers_homage.jpg

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 22:04 (nine years ago) link

i have this great photo of a fashion shoot in front of some blinky palermo paintings i might scan for this thread

plax (ico), Monday, 2 August 2010 22:21 (nine years ago) link

Also, really like these Glenn Ligon text-monochromes:

http://www.moma.org/images/dynamic_content/exhibition_page/25952.jpg

EDB, Monday, 9 May 2011 23:00 (eight years ago) link

This is a much better image:

http://whitney.org/image_columns/0029/1753/stop-313_446.jpg

EDB, Monday, 9 May 2011 23:03 (eight years ago) link

moma is where i saw ray gun virus too! totally amazing to me, really blew me away, was completely unaware of sharits before. Im working on a zine that im calling monochromes and each issue will have a different theme but the theme will always relate to the monochrome. Love those glenn ligon ones and i was gonna maybe do the next issue all about him. reading derrida for the first time and i always feel like, even though i've never really read much by derrida, that he's always on the periphery (lol) of how i think about things so, idk this sense of the palimpsest but also the raw remainder. like its so haunted by ab-ex, this all over abstraction but also explicitly textual and unearthing the implicitly textual in ab-ex, the guston-like skin: wounded, scarred, pillaged, and marked. and like blackness and racism and history and all that

but yeah monochromes especially have been on my mind a lot recently, also been thinking about certain lawrence wiener pieces in relation to this eg.

"Three minutes of forty-pound pressure spray of white highway paint upon a well-tended lawn
The lawn is allowed to grow and not tended until the grass is free of all vestiges of white highway paint"

and how that sort of simultaneously elides and converges w/ how i would think of say ellsworth kelly and the relationship w/e the optical, the immersive, the formal and the textual.

plax (ico), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 22:27 (eight years ago) link

also this guy matys thursz that i came across in new york at the jewish museum:

"Ashes and Dust (1986-89) is part of Frederic Matys Thursz's series, Elegia Judaica, and serves as a memorial to his uncle Jakob Gutglas, who died in Dachau, and to other victims of the Nazis. Despite its monochromatic nature, the painting features the artist's complex palette and his method of glazing, scraping, and sometimes burning his medium. To create Ashes and Dust, Thursz (2930-1992) performed what he considered a a highly symbolic act: he charred organic material that he then used for his leaden-tone pigments. The artist once explained that the work was inspired by profoundly felt memories of his uncle: "I know that his ashes become my pigment, that his blood legacy is my . . . medium, and that his elegy is now my coherence.""

plax (ico), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 22:31 (eight years ago) link

I mean this idea of the pure physical and the purely metaphysical and how they come into contact and this kindof eucaristic relationship between the two and like the idea of meaning coming about by a kindof transubstantiation is a pretty big part of the way i think about these things. btw dude is a balls to google but im hoping to do a bit of proper research as soon as i have dece library access, maybe gonna try and get a reading pass at the british library.

plax (ico), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 22:34 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

So I think I'm gonna try to write a thesis vaguely about this. I.e. not this per se so much as postmodern appropriations of post-painterly abstraction/minimal art, particularly vis a vis identity politics (a la FGT, Ligon, Roni Horn, etc.) so I encourage everyone to post relevant pictures to inspire me so I can write a good proposal and get funding! (is it worth making a separate ILE thread for this?)

EDB, Tuesday, 21 June 2011 20:44 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://www.corcoran.org/images/chris_martin_homepage.jpg

℗⎣▲✘ (ico), Wednesday, 13 July 2011 21:18 (eight years ago) link

also edb im writing something at the moment about this too. wolfgang tillman's monochrome photographs are really interesting in this regard, you know the idea of the the pure sensuality of the undifferentiated colour field standing in for the negated image. and they're shiny, you can see yourself reflected in them. im thinking about queer abstraction, and how the appropriation of minimalism/high modernism is a kind of recoding or "passing" (FGT is so explicit about this, but yeah ligon and horn as well) and how that kindof passing has to exist in relation to the queer and the homophobic gaze. so its about fleeting glances. this is why i think there's a case to be made for ellsworth kelly as a queer artist. people talk about him as a really french painter because for him modernism begins with impressionism instead of most american painters where cubism is the axis, one way or the other .shit even like dan graham and richard serra are about bodies in space, space fragmenting; paul mccarthy is about the violence of gesture; kelly is about snatching glimpses reflected in the subway window, refracted light, the instantaneity of the image and how that renders it barely decipherable. i feel like the opacity of his surfaces have more to do with photography (light bouncing off an object or something) and how that fraction of a second is all you need looking back over your shoulder and making eye contact on rue st. honoré.

℗⎣▲✘ (ico), Wednesday, 13 July 2011 21:34 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

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