Friday, July 10, 2009

Why Lucian Freud is Amazing + My Weird Freudian/Heidegger Drawing

No doubt it's cool to like Lucian Freud. And no doubt the novelty of his birthright is another reason to give pause. But the truth is, his artwork is outstanding. Look at some paintings here. But really take a look at his etchings here.

This drawing has nothing at all to do with Lucian Freud, but some to do with Sigmund Freud, and a dash of a (paradoxical) Heidegger quote, which I put in because I wanted to give this drawing to a philosopher friend....This drawing is really actually inspired by a Ralph Steadman drawing of Freud's first interaction with Michelangelo's Moses, whom he strongly identified with and is not yet done.

Let us say that this might be my own identification of an identification, glimpsing the promise land of poetry from afar, with philosophy mumbling in my ear, moving always on a dark cloud....
Don't psychoanalyze that.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

James Ensor Inspired Drawing

The James Ensor exhibition at the MoMA is worth going to. A major figure in the Belgian avant-garde in the late nineteenth century, and was an important part of the oncoming twentieth century Expressionism.

Somewhat inspired I drew this whilst sitting at a bench in the middle of the throng of people.
Many people snooping over my shoulder. Which is fine, as long as they don't ask me "who's that supposed to be?"

Also, it's worth going to the MoMA just to see a certain poet, Alina Gregorian, who works there behind a counter.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bianca's Top Ten

I am going to draw a picture for Clayton, and we'll call it one of my first commiserations...collisions.....commissions!

This is NOT the picture, but it's a picture. I'm only saying all this so I won't forget to do it.


1. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

This book is just so goddamn good. Looking over the typical portrayal of the gentler sex, of course, who are always screaming with hysterics over nothing and fainting in the middle of everyone. regardless, it's Dickens' genius at its best. Absolutely hilarious. If you're a P.G. Wodehouse fan then you'll agree.

2. A Plate of Chicken, Matthew Rohrer

3. Agricultural Reader, Issue 3

4. God's Silence, Franz Wright

5. Sigmund Freud, Ralph Steadman
One of my favorite artist, and often just thrown in with Hunter S. Thompson, this book has the most amazing drawings. And who ever gets tired of reading Freud?

6. Amphigory, Edward Gorey

7. Waiting For Godot, Samuel Beckett
I saw the play the other night, and it blew me away.

8. The First and Last Freedom, J. Krishnamurti

9. Take It, Joshua Beckman

10. King Lear, Shakespeare

Thoughts on A Little Called Pauline

I wanted to take a little extra time to talk about A Little Called Pauline, since its pub date was literally the week of lockdown. It would ...