I took an 18th century art course about two years ago and it really helped me appreciate most traditional classical type of paintings. This particular painting, is one of my favorites and I found a cool video explaining the hidden symbolisms. It’s quite interesting how a painting can mask sexual tensions. For some reason I feel like this painting was more personal to the artist than what paintings were to artists back in the Enlightment period.
Nathalie Djurberg does a video in reference to this painting:
The Swing, 2005
Video (color, sound), Ed. 4/4
Duration: 5 min. 35 sec.
Well this work reminds me of my own work “Once A Little Princess” 2011. It’s funny how you can connect with another artist but still be able to have a different style. I like artists that deal with everyday things women have to face. Sarah Lucas, Kiki Smith, and Tracey Emin are great examples…
The relation between the snake and the yogi seems somewhat erotic as well…?
Hans Berg: Part of the erotic aspect comes from the puppets being naked, I think, but that’s also because they should not be placed in a specific context. When they are dressed, you put them in a specific situation, depending on what clothe you put on them.
Nathalie Djurberg : …or hierarchy in the society. You can decide all that with clothe, so when you choose to leave someone naked it becomes about the person more than about the position in society. I think it’s pretty interesting to work with, because it’s such a simple thing: you judge people from their clothe and hairdo, but if everybody was naked it would be difficult to tell, who’s poor and rich.
What Djurberg says about what clothes makes us is soo true. I find her work inspiring. I can’t imagine how long it must take to complete one video. There’s so much detail in her work. I saw her exhibition at the Rubell last year and found myself so intrigued with all her films that I just stood there waiting to see what happened next. That’s when you know it’s good!
She”ll be showing soon at the New Museum, here’s a link: http://www.dnainfo.com/20120201/lower-east-side-east-village/new-museum-announces-spring-exhibits
I find beauty in the simple things. Have you ever found yourself admiring the lines or texture of something, more than what piece was about? Martin Creed creates nothing into art.
He creates the experience the viewer has to his piece the art. Some don’t understand or think it’s foolish to make an empty room with flashing lights into a piece it’s self but should we give a minute of our day to admire what’s around us, appreciate the air we breathe, the space we encounter? Martin Creed is one of my favorite artist that doesn’t worry about making the perfect piece, all he wants is for the viewer to be able to make of whatever we want of his work. The video attach might look very simple but if you hear him explaining how he came up with it, it’s pure genius. Same with the video he made of people puking. Doesn’t look pleasant but the narative and plot of the entire video makes sense when he compares it to the feeling of making art, or the process of making art. Might sound discussing but in reality it’s very similar. In the first clip, a girl trys to make her self vomit but can’t as much as she trys, this goes on, and on with different people, one be able to puke more than the last one, and ends up with a person fully and massively puking. If you can’t find yourself relating to this is how you feel when you make art, then maybe you’re not trying hard enough. Creating work, is a long process, starts in you head, developes through your mind and hands, and then outcomes completely different from where you started. Sometimes it’s hard to get out from inside our ideas onto actual objects, spaces, or even words.
One of my favorite emerging artists is Kaari Upson. I discovered her work at the Rubell in Miami and it put me in an awwww, ooooh moment. Absolutely love love love her work!!!