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Monday, January 26, 2009

BROTHER GEORGE & FRIENDS


More Masonic Aprons n stuff:





















ANTI-MINIMALISM IN ART: WELCOME TO THE NEW UGLY

I started writing something in the comments-box below as a response to The X, then decided to post it instead:

Actually, I'm really into the idea of fussy art right now - needless complexity; macro/meta; cluttered; multi-imaged stuff; Anti-Minimal; codified...

Bring back coats-of-arms; heraldry; pub-signs; art that contains a series of distinct, symbolism-loaded, disconnected images...a sort of faux-medievalism vs. symbolist grotesquery filtered thru Basquiat, etc...the visual equivalent of Prog, maybe? Or perhaps even Dub. Something where the joins - the sellotaped edits - show through so that there's a fracturing of idea n image, but unlike (most) collage-work or photomontage, the visual is a singularity, albeit a splintered one, its components divided by space, white paint, gaps...

I like the idea of formalised ugliness...a luridness or wrongness of colour - like in food photography (by this, I mean: photographs of plates of food outside Greek tourist-trap restaurants that have been bleached of their significance by the sun). Kodakchrome, Technicolor, analogue colour-processing and printing, chemical pigments...spectral linkages created by an unnatural conjoining of image.