lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2011

The colors of the summer

Marie Antoinette, Courtney Love, pastel colors, can can...
These was all the inspiration for this invitation I did for the Harvey Nichols Press Day spring/summer 2012, based on the Meadham Kirchhoff show.

And the drawings for the inside:

Some pictures from the amazing Meadham Kirchhoff show:

lunes, 14 de noviembre de 2011

What you want to be is not what you really are.

Surprise yourself by tuning your view.
We can pretend being the character we have created, but it's our honest reflex the one that will tell us who we really are.

Raw sketches:

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sábado, 22 de octubre de 2011

In the search of the art of "unblocking"

Frieze Art Fair
October the 15th.
Regent Park, London, UK

Wow, it's been long time since last post. Every time I tried to write about something new, I stopped my intentions as thought it wouldn't be good enough. I consider myself a perfeccionist and over exigent, which only blocks my willings to update you with my stuff and things i've seen recently.
On the last few months I've been fighting against myself; against this part of my brain that wouldn't let me simply express without fears.

I always say that the most difficult task for an artist is to go back to that kid we once were who didn't have a filter already of what to show and say or what not to. What happens next to that kid is ACADEMICISM. He's grabbed into the society and is prohibited with certain things. He doesn't have a "no" until he's abstracted with the mass to what is consider proper behavior. He's taught to draw first and then paint. He's taught which are the geometric forms; that the sun is yellow and the sea is blue; which is the skin color and which the shape of the moon.

Back to what concerns me today: it's been long since I hadn't had a free day and today I allowed me to stay at home (maybe because of my throat ache). I've decided to let my snobbish side weaken a bit.

It's been a week and 2 days since I arrived at London. I spent my first day walking around The Frieze Art Fair and found it so inspiring that I had to return on the next day.
Although it was huge and crowded I managed to pick my own selection to which i played being an art collector and able to buy them.

These are my highlights (sorry for not putting the name of the artist in most of them):

David Hockney

Georges Condo

Jim Lambie

Elizabeth Peyton

Long, isn't it? So I'll better go back to work and start saving for next year's Frieze...
As I say to everyone since the economical crisis that's going on around the world, art is the nowadays best investment. You just need to have the right eye to catch upcoming talents.

While a fashion victim spends her salary on a Chanel bag from ss 2012 collection that is only gonna be the new item for 6 months, an art collector spends it on an original piece of art that's unique and personal and nobody will ever have unless he sells it (and no need to sell as a "second hand" item for less than he bought it).

Welcome to the Art Market new era!

miércoles, 8 de junio de 2011

Express yourself don't repress yourself (but never try to change the world)

What would you interpretate by Expressionism? Express your inner thoughts by not following the appropriate nor academical nor moral rules? Use the medium unconsciously and not appropriately?

Today I saw the exhibition "German Expressionism" at The Museum Of Modern Art and couldn't go to bed without writing about it, as it is one of my big debilities (as you can see throughout my blog and my art).

To start with I would like to tell you a bit about this radical and most important movement; I mean this because it let us be more instant, unique and free (by transforming every thought and emotion into art). It also let the society express their feelings no matter wether they had or not formal education.

The Expressionism as we know it as a movement in art, took place basically in Germany and Austria during the first two decades of last century. Against the traditional academic art, it's other objective was to overturn the social moral of how to live your life; of sexuality; of relationships between men and women. These artists worked exclusively in paper; mostly printmaking and also drawing. Printmaking because of the flattering of forms and the accessible prices to the people; printing massively and promoting or critiquing politics, etc.

What's interesting about how well this show is curated is the transformation (not to say progress) from the first room which is full of colorful and rough pieces from the Brucke Group showing semi-abstract erotical figures to the last room where you can get the pessimism and decadent postwar years with portraits with much more details and reality.

Two works from the Brucke Group (Brucke means "bridge"; bridge between old and new art):

"Dancer" by Emil Nolde (1913) Litograph
Look for the celebration of instictual, unfettered emotion, erotic energy and spiritual freedom. High influence of African art.

"Franzi reclining" by Erick Heckel (1910) Litograph
Franzi was one of the Brucke group's favorite non-professional models. They couldn't afford the pro ones, anyway they preferred natural poses. See the abstract and simplified shapes of the body.

Two works from the "New Objectivity" (group formed after war; art was the most secure investment by then, mostly print-makings that were cheaper and easier to distribute):

"Nocturnal apparition" by Otto Dix (1923) Litograph.
After war there were many widows left and women with no job so prostitution was the most common profession of those times. This one in particular shows the fears of diseases such that they were causing, and an envelop of the rubbage state of the german society of that time. (Watch Otto Dix's profile at her left!)

"Self-portrait with a cigarette" by Max Beckham (1923) Oil on canvas.
He often represented him as a clown and to refer to the society saying something like "everything's a mask, everything's a joke, don't take anything a face value".

So we start being shown the idealize bohemian world of these young artists who had came in scene to change the academical and elitist art whereas we end up getting that the Expressionists gave up, after all, to their initial objective of "changing the society" and had to accept instead what i've alway believed in; art can't change the world yet is influenced by it. If there's a war or an economical crisis, artists get it.
The Expressionists got it. They were hoping that this war would change the society's materialism, so enlisted in it with enthusiasm, ending or killed or with pshycological breakdowns.

These are two etchings of the sereis that artist Otto Dix drew during his full service years as a machine gunner.

On one room dedicated to the post-war years, there's a portfolio of prints called "Hell" by Max Beckham. He portrayed the social and political situation in Berlin in 1919. There's one particular print that caught my atention; the one called "Martyndom" which shows the execution of my blog-heroine Rosa Luxemburgo. The word "martyr" refers to somebody who suffers persecution and death refusing to renounce a belief or cause, usually religious. In Judaism it means "sacrification of God's name" through public dedication to Jewish practice.

This is the piece:

Another highlight of this exhibition was the room dedicated to Austrian Expressionism with Schiele and Kokoshka (subject which I'm a fan of).
Kokoschka disliked Schiele who was younger than him, so was a threaten to his career as they both had similar interests: transgression of the moral with naked bodies as a way of penetrating the human psycho (don't forget that they were contemporaries of Sigmud Freud).

"Bride of the wind" by Oskar Kokoschka (1913) Oil on canvas.

"Girl with black hair" by Egon Schiele (1911) Watercolor on canvas.
Schiele couldn't afford models so brought young girls in town, mainly prostitutes, to his studio and painted them lying on a coach while standing on latter so that he could look down at them from above and that's why he's watercolors give a sense of floating figures.

I will end up telling you how important it is not forget about the external world. About the things happening around us. One may think that by devoting to art you can live in a fantasy world isolated from the outside. But it's the outside society and era that we live in the one that dictates our behaviour. And that is unchangeable.
It's not about pursuing happiness but understanding and adapting into this world. Trying to figure out which is the best way to aport something new to it, but not change it. Changes are exclusively from nature. Let life follow it's own way with no rush.

Expression is to capture the outside, digest it inside, and plasm it as a piece of art. It's to represent the reality our way.

by me, Naomi Preizler