Monday, November 25, 2013

Photography - To Add a Meter To an Anonymous Mountain ~ Zhang Huan


All Pile On! I just stumbled across this photo by Zhang Huan on the internet and it reminded me of when you were at school and you played a game called "All Pile On". The game or odd way to pass the time, was about getting as many people piling on top of one another before the people at the bottom couldn't take any more. So this "To Add a Meter To an Anonymous Mountai" photograph is a bit like a naked version of this school game.

Author: Sam Freek
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Jean Michel Basquiat - What Do You See?

Writing for a blog is taxing on my brain cells. I have got two Jean Michel Basquiat paintings to chat about tonight. This first painting is like a large, painted, brain storming session of the ideas he came up with when thinking about "Hollywood Africans". The words that are crossed out remind me of something you see scratched on the wall by a child who is angry or confused about something on his mind. The word "gangsterism" sits at the bottom and is painted onto black to maybe signify the negative aspect of the thug like behaviour. Maybe "Hollywood Africans" is the name of a gangster gang Basquiat is painting about? The whole painting just reminds me of a whole load of ideas thrown onto a canvas, it's a colourful mood board for Hollywood Africans. 


I like this painting, it is very childlike and even has child like writing scrawled along the top left which is un-intelligible. The colours are earthy and warm and make up the whole of the painting. The head, hair and face are made up of sporadic compartments of colours and lines, which seems to make it more representational of being a tribal mask rather than a painting of someone's actual face. 


Author: Sam Freek