Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Andre Masson, Battle of Fishes, 1926 - saw these two Andre Masson paintings last month at MoMA...
He made this one by throwing sand at white gesso, then wiping away the excess and finding a sea battle.
I saw these after seeing Aaron Johnson at Priska Juschka in the afternoon.... that show was overwhelming... so much going on, with the process and the content. I made a huge post about that show but the computer ate it and I can't do it again.
These Andre Massons helped me process the Aaron Johnsons though. I'm not sure exactly how much of Aaron's content is decided before he starts a piece, but it looked like a lot of the stuff is found after the shapes and splooges are made.
Aaron Johnson, Holy Trinity, 2007 - definitely a battle, and that white thing looks kind of like an octopus.
Ugh... I am trying to think of what I said in that lost post, and getting frustrated. The gist is that I was completely engrossed by the Johnsons, but... not completely satisfied, and liked the Massons more.
Andre Masson, Figure, 1926-27... oil and sand on canvas.
The next day I saw the Marlene Moquet show at Freight + Volume... that related also.