|Grotesque panel design (18th c. silver?)|
I carry two
definitions in my head for grotesque, what I know most people think and what I
think to be the real definition. Both are right and both are incomplete but
basically mine's better.
|Voila! A sort of cave of the unknown.|
Grotesque equals Gross! Is that what you think? Grotesque: the amalgam of plant,
animal, and artificial in a sinuous decorative form, that's what I think. But I
just looked it up in my Dictionary of Ornament, (Lewis & Darley, © 1986,
Cameron Books), and it doesn't exactly say that or even what I thought it would.
|Take an object.|
I thought it all started with the excavations of Pompeii
and Herculaneum but it actually dates from the
discovery of buried ruins of Nero's Domus Aurea in 1488 and Pompeii wasn't unearthed until the late 18th
century. Anyway, in both cases the discovery revealed essentially the same
thing (see my definition). As a working definition mine is good and succinct
but the mystery remains: where and how did this idea really start?
|Do something to it.|
object. Do something to it. Do something else to it. Do something else to it.
(Jasper Johns) That's kind of what I've done with one particular grotesque
panel design. I can't reveal it's original because I don't know it.
|Do something else to it.|
|Toy Robot, NYC circa 1980 |
I think it
may have been a design etched in a piece of 18th c. silver. I'm pretty sure the
image came from the Magazine Antiques. So what I've done with the motif is to
tear it apart and paint the parts on top of collaged panels. The reason I bring
this up now is because many of my collages works which were begun 10 or more
years ago are currently on view in two venues.
Linda Chase's shop, New Vignette has a couple of ovals and Katrien van
der Schueren, aka Madame Voila! has a number of my works hanging in her
up to you to explore the cave of the unknown. Go.
Your work is always an inspiration and I appreciate getting a (little) peek of your work area.ReplyDelete
Thanks Mark! Btw the work really is old except for that painting seen in my studio shot. I created that essentially to promote my work on view at Voila.ReplyDelete
Beautiful work, Scott. I'd love to see your studio when I am next down there. I've been lost in the Cave of the Unknown for years now. Thanks for keeping me company in this bizarre place!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lynne! Btw did you get the reference? It's from the B52s' Song For A Future Generation:ReplyDelete
"Hey, I'm Fred the Cancerian from New Jersey
I like collecting records and exploring
The cave of the unknown"
yes I got it! Wanna be the First Lady of Infinity!Delete
awesome art AND a b52s reference???? so much about you to love!ReplyDelete
When I lived in Atlanta the Bs were the local band.ReplyDelete