Friday, January 25, 2008

To revel in obscurity

A great review of Madelon Vriesendorp's works at artreview magazine, (an artist I really have not heard about, but her work captures you)...

How many others revel in obscurity? References to Duchamp hang heavy.

Madelon Vriesendorp, Flagrant Delit, 1975, Oil on canvas

From the review: "The painting shows the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in bed together, a wilted prophylactic with "Goodyear" on it discarded on the bed. The straight-laced RCA building has burst in the door, shining its spotlight on them. Through the window, all the buildings are faces glaring at the naughty couple. It's impossible to look at the Manhattan skyline in the same way after Flagrant Delit. Vriesendorp's ultra-sensitive antenna picked up the latent desire in the these preening skyscrapers, aching for each other and crying out to each other across 10 relatively stumpy and drab midtown blocks. Vriesendorp's imaginary intervention into the skyline is as psychologically significant and enduring as any new building there would be".

No comments: