2.12.2006

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Albrecht Durer's "Coat of Arms With a Skull." (1503)

Endless Meaning: When the Old is the New
Increasingly, I am mesmerized with the way the human body in all its’ traditionalism continually presents itself in original, contemporary and expressive venues as quite valid and very fresh subject matter for the content of 21st century art.

My medium? Medium? Oh please. As a contemporary artist, I despise the idea of being forced to choose one. And yet…

A favorite subject of my own artwork forever, the human body seems endlessly to lend itself to both the most traditional as well as the most modern of artistic expressive vehicles. And if we of the post post-modern era must admit to having one, it is the only pure “medium” of an artist; it’s use sets the stage for the most perfect language and the ultimate basis in communicative discourse among humans. Even among artists.


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Stunning contemporary examples, using the human figure as “medium”, are currently exhibited in both progressive dance works of RoseAnn Spradlin's "NOVA" as well as in the extraordinary threaded paintings of Angelo Filomeno.

It is indeed refreshing and perhaps the logical rejoinder to a profound divine conundrum if we comprehend that the oldest contour of humanity is as well the most ideal format and perhaps the only cogent expression of the new. After all we are, as human creatures, the basis for everything that we know, feel and think.


Such an amazingly simple reality, in all of its’ timeless complexity.


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"Last Scavengers" (2005) Angelo Filomeno



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2 comments:

dancer12 said...

i love the human body as well and am interested in all that you write...
thanks for a great blog!

johnb said...

saw the filomeno work in nyc as well and found it quite amazing... everyone should see it.
ps: nice blog... write more for us.