Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Marlene Mocquet, at Freight + Volume - These were nice, and tied into the stuff written about in my long post that got deleted.
What is it called when you make stains, or drips, or find a splotch... and then make a picture from that? Is there a word? I know that there are/were specific surrealist techniques - like frottage, fumage, soufflage - that an artist can use as a basis for further refinement... but is there just a more general word?
Anyways, whatever the word is, that is what she seems to be doing here. Lots of play with paint, followed by more careful, but still playful, delineation... finding faces and animals and fantastical landscapes.
They are cute, and have the little girl thing going on... some of them could be illustrating fairy-tales... but the painting inventiveness, the embrace of chance and possible sloppy endings, keeps the saccharine from completely taking over.