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I wanted to share with you this episode from the podcast The Ezra Klein Show where he interviews Jaron Lanier.read more
Its minimal linear elements raced around the side of the canvas and played with my expectations of where paint would normally be.
We know that, under those rough, hasty marks, the scene exists in all of the intricacies of life.
When I saw “The Enamored Mage” in person I was completely transfixed. Painted with heavy impasto, the protrusions of paint gush out of the surface, some following the image, some swelling under it.
Overall there was chaos in his figure, strokes sometimes lining up with the form, and sometimes going against the logic of the body.
His mane strangely blows forward on a windless night, while his eye appears as a mesmerizing orb that plays off the moon and mandolin.
When I eventually approached the mirror to throw water on my face, I caught a glimpse of Nemesis striding forward in the same direction.
Entering the studio with “Justin” was an unforgettable kind of magic, like passing through a Super Nintendo game portal where the colors and the physics forever change.
All looked pleasant enough near the foot but, like a dramatic plot twist, everything closer to the bed’s head looked war-torn, tortured.
The gizmo he depicts with slapdash but accurate strokes of orange and red is reasonable, yes, but dissolves into the vagaries of emotional weather; it does not add up to the logical structure it pretends to be.