Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Behind the curtain -

"Wife of the Wizard of Oz"
$50 Unframed - LUCAS GALLERY

digitally manipulated photograph by Mick Mather
You wouldn't know it but I've spent the greater part of the last 3 or 4 weeks listening to some new and some old music while looking at a ton of art. Not the least of which was the Preview Reception last Friday morning at SUArt Galleries for the way fabulous retrospective "Impressions: Jasper Johns". My mind is still spinning from that sensory overload but it's not the end of the story. While busily planning my year end back-ups - along with a better plan for that task in 2008 - I was easily sidetracked into my new love, PDF Art Zines. As I began downloading and perusing zine after zine, it wasn't long before I was truly inspired and dropped everything to get to work on today's post. Long story short, it is said that Johns "always downplayed the importance of subject matter in his work and instead emphasized the techniques and processes associated with making art". My own method of working with digital tools runs parallel to that path, especially so in the piece you see here. Have at it ... I've got more artwork to drink in! :D

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6 Comments:

Blogger Elina said...

Dark figure, negative figure. Her hair like an ocean.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

elina:
Thanks for so much for this lovely and poetic comment. :)

12:22 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Oh, I know this type! The one who looks behind the curtain at the neighbours! Annoying!

She should get her a life!
Or at least a blog!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

susupetal:
Hmmm ... it sounds like you have some experience in this area. I see you peeking with all four eyes at once and you have a blog. :D

1:41 PM  
Blogger griesmail said...

this is mysterious or just so ordenairy as Susu thinks that it is.
You have to give the answer Mick ;)

1:45 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

griesmail:
As the title suggests, the image is about the perception of mystery by those who seek to invent it in order to wield power and control. Is the story, The Wizard of Oz, very well known in Europe? In the end, it was discovered that The Wizard, using technology toward those ends, was just an ordinary man behind a curtain pushing buttons and pulling levers. In my piece then, the next step in the linear thinking process considers the old adage that says, "behind every successful man stands a woman". Does that answer the question, Trijnie? :)

5:01 AM  

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