Thursday, August 21, 2008

Monster Art

I present to you these two powerful pieces filled with raw expression. I work with the artists. They are largely unknowns in the contemporary world of art...for now. They work mainly in mixed felt-pen media.

Also, they are really short.

Exhibit A:

A gruesome mouthful of teeth. Sinister eyebrows. Might be Mr. Potato Head's unbalanced cousin.

Exhibit B:

Menacing claws. Dilated pupils. Bizarre appendages. Artist claims it is a portrait of sibling.

Anybody care to analyze these works further?

And what do you think? Do I have the seeds of an art show here?


Tai said...

There's remarkable similarities...are you sure these two didn't study under the same Master?

The bulging eyes, the distorted limbs...not to mention the teeth! A bit early Geiger, no?

Sacred Suzie said...

Have you read the book Taming Your Gremlin? I think these are your gremlins! Nasty creatures that should utterly be ignored if not stomped.

I love that your home has been so many colours inside. You make me be less afraid. I physically can't do it because of the fibro and won't let my husband! LOL.

Awww....I am so happy to know someone who really "gets" what I mean about Isis! That is so rare. That show truly shaped my spirituality as a young girl and woman. I agree, it was important for us to have as young girls wasn't it?


kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

I've heard tell, Toulouse Lautrec was also very short.

These tangentially-related works constitute a force majeure in the genre of portraiture, which has oft been viewed as dull and stodgy -- but, as these artists have shown, such is not so! Let us compare the dynamic facial expressions, minimalist yet poignant. We, the audience, are held in thrall by the unblinking gaze of the subjects -- perhaps, too, we sense a wistful longing in the penetrating stare? A cry to be loved and accepted by a world which shuns those who are fingerless? This diptych extolls a supernova of raw, unbridled emotion and consitutes a monumental shift away from the binding prisons of forced realism and traditional, insipid perspective.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

*enthralled, not 'in thrall'. Apologies to our mighty Warchief and Liberator of the Orcs.

BostonPobble said...

I would hang either of these on my walls. :)

Pol* said...

I LOVE kid art!

Crazy Me said...

A real feeling of terror in the second one. Wow! Master talent.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

With respect, wofgrrrl has it all wrong. These are sacred images from the Fugawi tribesmen. Traditionally such images are only scribed into transient media, beach sand or temporary dye on cliff sides, in order for their mystic importance to remain secret and potential. We see similar work in many hunting-gathering cultures where it is generally believed that such images can influence, even control, the environment - bringing favourable weather, drawing animals to the hunt etc. If the Fugawi find their signs of spiritual power broadcast on the internet, they will be nonplussed. But fear not, they are nomadic. Where the Fugawi anyway?

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

GOML - LOL!!!!

PBS said...

Ha ha, "portrait of sibling"! What a great art show/Halloween decorations!