Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Arshile Gorky

Gorky, originally uploaded by Bromirski.

I forgot to say in yesterday's Paul Ryan post that he mentioned being inspired by a Gorky painting. Not sure which one, but yes, I can see the positive/negative spaces and hints of figuration relating to Paul's own work.

JT left a comment to yesterday's post with links to his own thoughts on Ryan's work, here and here. That first post of JT's also notes the disconnect between the curatorial statement, focusing on the fashion magazine source imagery, and the paintings. I'm so confused; Paul himself stated in his talk that he has zero interest in any of that and he started using those magazines just because, living with three women, they were readily available - so why does he accompany his exhibitions with statements which so heavily promote the source material?

What's the deal, is it important to you or not? If not, why are you allowing these statements to misrepresent your work?