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Miquel Barcelo, Caixa Forum, Jacques Henri Lartigue

Posted in Artist, Image Discovery!, Painting, Photography, Print, Sculpture with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by michaelchernoff

Since coming to Barcelona I stumbled onto a well established mixed media Spanish artist. Along Consel de Cent I went into a gallery with an unfriendly attendant. On the gallery walls were loose monoprint and ink brush renderings of bullfights. There was a high amount of energy implanted into the bull charging and the cape swishing a red streak across the paper. Everything was black ink on white with tinges of red smearing. Blood and the illusion of the matadors veil were one. The name of creator was M. Barcelo.

I googled searched but got nothing. I couldn’t understand how respected or acknowledged Barcelo was. Incredibly in Madrid I happened for the first time to visit the Caixa Forum by accident. On display was a retrospect of MIQUEL Barcelo. His paintings took time to grow on me. The oil and watercolors were as messy as the prints. But the splotchy figures in his Dantes Divine Comedy were refreshing from an overused epic poem in image media. Small mounds of paint made slight shadows on canvases and the perception of rocky dirt ground was executed by him too. His working career has spanned before my birth.

But what immediately grabbed was the video of his sculpture in the main lobby. Along with the warped faces he made from metal casts was a huge installation he did in real time with some editing. He and accompanying sculptor had an immense wall of clay before them. They slashed and hacked at the wet clay with sticks and metal. At first their carving seemed arbitrary and unguided. At the climax however the camera shot is way back and you see a scene reminiscent of cave paintings from Neanderthals. Trees, shrubs and rock are captured by the shadows of deep lines in the clay.

Then the pair use clay pancake slabs to form masks on their faces. Blind only with their palms and fingers are grotesque noses, eyes and bone structures emulated. I immediately thought of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice when Alec Baldwin pulled his face forward when witnessing Marcelo’s first clay facial. Numerous masks were made and accompanied a finished lair of clay sculpture.

As a craftsmen Marcelo is seemingly sloppy and uneducated. But then again most modern spanish artists are. I am now a fan his work and take his name in my head easily. It’s hard to find his distinct work in english so anyone reading just surf around. Since I am on the subject vaguely, the Caixa forum is a big interest for me. I have never heard of a bank funding free open artwork for everyone. A bank supporting art seems cold and devious in America but in SPain its like a civic duty of the company. Near Placa Espanya I have seen work by Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Joseph Buys, and Jacques Herni Lartigue.

Lartique was a rich Frenchman who because he was so wealthy could spend all his time photographing as a young man. He captured the lives of wealthy French at the start of the 20th century. Early photos you could see his fingerprints, scratches, and graininess of an amateur. By the 30’s he was producing glorious action shots of car races, swimmers, skiing, and pretty mistresses. He also did a lot of stereograph work like making 3D photographs. I think I may want to invest in a stereograph camera after seeing the dynamism of his work.

Silk Screen Project on the Horizon

Posted in Comedy, Print, Projects with tags , , , on January 10, 2010 by michaelchernoff

So I had this idea for a project that is basically the most material consumer positive project I have in mind. I know strange wording but this thing is stranger. On the internet are occurences of anonymous surfers taking JPEGS themselves or copying others and putting in contemporary internet lingo or humor. I became captivated by this when my friend John Gill began flooding my facebook with them. Example.

So it is really contemporary internet trash art. Yet many people ages 17-30 love this crap. My upcoming idea is to do a similar style of comedy by using famous modern male painters who are well known and have catchy names, you know which ones. I will produce line drawings and scan them in as black and white images in photo shop. I will place questions of my own stylings but still in borrowed context of the Bro Kulture that is in the internet. Blah blah silk screens will be made from the digital portion.

I don’t want to give away too much since this idea is so dumb that many people could do it as well a I could. So stay tuned for further details and progress in the future.

Another Nice Smelling pigment

Posted in Humor, Print, Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 20, 2009 by michaelchernoff

Besides cadium light red paint…white silk screening ink from speedball also has a great odor. Different from a jello scent, the ink has a sweet sugary scent. I think its very possible to place this goop in front of a child and they would try to consume it like whipped marshmellow (ie Fluff).

According to Will Contino you probably could ingest the ink…but why would you do that Will?

Japanese Motorcyle Gang

Posted in Image Discovery!, Photography, Print with tags , , , on December 11, 2009 by michaelchernoff

I didn’t think people like this really existed and were just media over exagerations. But no, these are photos from Vice Magazine by Steven Stiewert.

Alternative Photography Class Results 1#

Posted in Photography, Print, Projects with tags , , on December 5, 2009 by michaelchernoff

My Final project is underway for completion, but until then I thought I’d just post some of my favorite prints from the year. These will be personal keepsakes but I will be selling leftover images randomly in a box for 4 bucks a piece, all signed by me. All of these are Kallitype and Cyanotype Prints.

Bear vs Midgets Update

Posted in Bears, Comedy, Print with tags , , , , on November 17, 2009 by michaelchernoff

Well I completed the printing and the zinc plate is now my new favorite medium, over steel plate that is. The image ended up being a hard ground etched plate and an aquatinted background. There are only 4 of these prints in