Wednesday, June 29, 2011

leitmotifs


Untitled 2011

WILHELM SASNAL
Sadie Coles Gallery (London)

Yesterday, I ended up stranded at the Sadie Coles Gallery for a while, waiting for the weather Gods to calm down. The exhibit of these Wilhelm Sasnal paintings would have maybe in an otherwise setting made me stroll in and stroll out again quite quickly. But since I was "forced" to wait in their surroundings I got to contemplate them calmly and as the world slows down you begin to appreciate unexpected things.

Untitled, 2011

"Several of the works address themes of motherhood, reworking one of the most enduring leitmotifs of art history - the mother and child... allude to the sacrificial nature of parenthood, and the way in which children absorb and reshape their parents lives: the mothers appear to have been parasitically invaded."
          Sadie Coles Gallery

Untitled 2003

A bar, 2008

These two paintings are so minimal, I am questioning their intention. The chain is broken are you allowed to escape?

Untitled 2011

This painting is based on a found photograph, the distorted child continues the feeling of the parental hardship. The mother though is staring straight and strongly at us, but she looks more like a warrior than a happy caregiver. The more i look though, I also find a slight insecurity lingering.


Still life of today... Sab simplex... a digestive remedy for children on top of a laptop. Definitely not about glorifying life.

The Sun 2011

When it finally stopped thundering and the rain calmed down, I walked out with this sun in my mind, since the sun was missing outside, why not fill my head with one?

With Love
Kristin

20 comments:

  1. Those first two made me teary. Incredibly gorgeous. Speechless.

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  2. I like the Mother with the child the eyes are so captivating and protective. Nice post thanks for visiting my blog I will add you to my list. Kev

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  3. your comment about the still life of today made me smile...so much for a life enhancer!

    i was perusing through your last post and was thinking, it's a long time i gave up asking myself is it good or bad art. I guess now it just narrowed down to one question, does it touch me ?

    you've very lucky to live in London ! i wanted so much to see this oversize Yamamoto's dress at the Wapping Project and we got there too late on the sunday, we went..

    and thank you for your visit ! :-)
    Lala

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  4. The first two painting really tug at my emotions. So many women lose so much of their identities when they become mothers and their worlds become centered around their children.

    Very powerful!

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  5. the palettes he uses are crazy. he must be scandinavian?

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  6. Love the sun painting, the colours are beautiful :)
    Claudia xo

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  7. Yes, Claudia it is! Actually when you see it close you will see that there are cuts in the canvas... from far it somehow makes the colors stronger!

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  8. I LOVE YOU READ YOUR VIEWS ON ART/ARTISTS, THE SUN IN YOUR MIND IS A MUST IN LONDON!!!
    XXX

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  9. these art works looks so stunning i love the last one.

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  10. What cool pieces and so true how children can change mothers!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  11. You can carry the glory on the inside (beside the wall of cloud).

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  12. DOn't you just love thunder? :)

    What medium do you use for you work? Would love to hear more!

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  13. They do invade us don't they? But it's an invasion that betters us!

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  14. i love the first 2... really cool!

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  15. The 5th piece is so interesting. I so get what you mean about it and the more I look at it the more I understand it. Kisses and hugs, my dear

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