Saturday, July 07, 2007

paintings within a painting...

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three details from the background of georg achen's 1901 painting "det gule chatol" from the funen art museum, odense. smaller than postcards, larger than postage stamps, i suppose they are supposed to read as reflections of realistic imagery when seen from a distance... but with one's nose near the canvas, they are certainly wonderful little abstract paintings...

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6 Comments:

Blogger zoe tati said...

hey,
you dont mind I correct the data, I hope?
his name is Georg Achen, and the titel is Det gule chatol ( it meens the yellow bureau ( writing furniture )) - But I still enjoy your observations ;-)

zoe

2:53 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

thanks, i fixed it. corrections are always welcome as i generally do the blog when i'm overtired or half awake :-) some weird things happening online though... 24 hours later, the museum site i found the name and image on, now has a broken link... and now i can't even find the image of the painting online... perhaps i imagined the whole thing and you too are part of some dream...

7:03 AM  
Blogger zoe tati said...

mmm... I dont mind beeing a part of a dream !

10:51 AM  
Blogger jeremy said...

These remind me of Tom Phillip's paintings of the Mappin Gallery - in reverse. TP found a photograph of the gallery then tried to recreate the paintings full size, making them strange abstracts with some vestige of what he thought they depicted. He called them conjectured pictures and created an installation that included the walls as 'wallpaper'.

Quote from the postcard compositions section of the TP website
"Of all such commentaries, where the perception of art became the subject of art, the most ambitions work grew out of a single postcard of the interior of the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, the finding of which condemned me to over a year's labour culminating in the life-size installation of a whole wall of conjectured pictures complete with reconstructed wallpaper. This itself, when finished, became in its turn the subject of a postcard, and thereby source material for painting."
jeremy
(can't find any image links)

12:29 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

those phillips paintings sound great! i didn't know about that piece of his . will have to look into it, sounds like a great body of work... i know there was an artist taking photos of artwork from the background of tv shows and making prints of them, similarly wavy abstract and difficult to read. maybe it was allen ruppersburg, and i think in backwards terms mel bochner was placing works on a set for tv shows in the background, unnoticed at some point... and david reed inserted his own paintings via photo shop or some such into hitchcock films... ok enough of that...

10:37 PM  
Blogger jeremy said...

Hi - have found a link which shows the postcard and links to two picture images by TP
http://www.english.txstate.edu/cohen_p/postmodern/Art/Phillips/Mappin.html

Jeremy

3:35 AM  

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