Sunday, July 02, 2006

Quartertonal Prog Elvis, Cafe Abdab, 2006

10 Comments:

Blogger {Minion} said...

sorry but this one makes me think pink floyd, and I don't know why....???

Tuesday, July 04, 2006 8:59:00 am  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

It reminds me of Judy Garland.

Thursday, July 06, 2006 6:50:00 pm  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Floyd meets Judy !

Thursday, July 06, 2006 9:14:00 pm  
Blogger {Minion} said...

hmmm...pigs on the rainbow...


gosh, just looked up what ms Garland sang....wow, most prolific.
but I can only think of over the rainbow, how odd is that!
I know Floyd did a bucketful of stuff...or even saucerful, but the pigs on the wing was first in my head...that'll be Molly's fault :)

Friday, July 07, 2006 1:11:00 pm  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Nice refs to 'Animals'. If Floyd be the context, I'm reminded more of the later 'The Final Cut'. Those medals, I suppose, conjur the WWI feeling; and, being resistant to and dispising of, the later 'The Wall', I prefer to leapfrog it and jump on an album I have got time for. The face of the be-medalled figure is, like most of my portraits, an admix of male and female. This one is pretty crude, pretty obvious, I think. But others, for me at least, frankly disturb or make me laugh; usually both at the same time! My favourite! Appreciate your interest.

Friday, July 07, 2006 6:00:00 pm  
Blogger {Minion} said...

Yes, final cut, that was what it was :)
had niggling mind block on that one.
also the triangle/hanky? kept drawing me to darkside an album i really enjoyed...

thanks, I now have not now john playing in my head...

Some i'm off to dig out some floyd and reminisce.

Saturday, July 08, 2006 8:25:00 am  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

I think that Judy often hits that androgynous boy/girl spot and that's why I linked her to this. There is something so beautiful and lonely about a boy/girl face I think. There is an underlying tenderness to these pictures in many of them I feel you are trying to convey something deeper. But..perhaps that is just my mind working.

Saturday, July 08, 2006 9:23:00 pm  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

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Saturday, July 08, 2006 9:25:00 pm  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

When you play with identities and genders like that...it is fracturing the body and the core of a person. I'm just thinking aloud here...it is like this huge dichotomy between violence and poignancy that I like. On the one hand..you are symbolically removing someone's face and then..you are giving them a kind of liberation by turning them into someone new. I always want to know who they are...where the pictures were taken...do you know them? It's fascinating.

Saturday, July 08, 2006 9:26:00 pm  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Sometimes the figure is known; sometimes not. There is, I feel, something generic about images of people - one gets a Google Images feeling after viewing huindreds as I do. But I suspect this is a common reaction - as Google Images and internet browsing is, at bottom, like being in a crowd, looking at asea of faces - different but so very similar, too. I look for something striking or odd in the images I choose - a pose, a facial expression - something perverse; and I most often try hard to retain something of that in the transformed, twisted, comedic end-product. Other times, there is wilfull decapitation; as one head is traded for another; as in Pig Ignorant. As you say Mollie, this is a kind of violence; not without its ideological/ethical implications. Kitaj's 'The Human Clay' whispers in my right ear - for sure; whilst Chris Morris' 'Jam' nibbles at my left. The result is a hybridised reasoning for hybridised creatures.

Sunday, July 09, 2006 10:40:00 am  

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