Sunday, April 09, 2006

lemberg opening

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The show at lemberg gallery featured two cranbrook painters that recently filled in for painting faculty chair Beverly Fishman.

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Trygve Faste - I really enjoyed the spacial effect of this painting in person! It felt as though the viewer was being sucked into the sterile office. Examining the painting closer, the office and computers were actually part of one giant computer system and felt like Tron or 2001: Space Odyssey.
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I like his choice of subject matter in the paintings and the way in which they are rendered. He creates these desolate, freaky worlds that you wouldn't want to be trapped in and I can certainly respect his level of detail.
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Matthew Penkala
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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hate work like this, don't get mad; just an opinion.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous nolansimon said...

Can't get mad at someone with no name...

11:16 AM  
Anonymous barbara said...

Anonymous.....these two painters are so very different, yet you say "I hate work like this".

One is somewhat photo-realist, the other is abstract color-field.

Can you be more specific about your assessment? I have to agree with nolansimon though....can't get mad at a generic identity

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first group, i don't mind photo realism, but i don't like work that dates itself. I don't mean work shouldn't be contemporary, it's just that those paintings will look old, dated, and obsolete in a few years, why does evryone have such a problem with writing anonymously? Who really cares, seems petty to me. Or do you think it's some self righteous thing to make a stand , and state your name, and fight the good fight, I don't really see the point. i always write anonymously, always will

10:01 AM  
Blogger detart said...

Agree with Barbara, two painters working very differently. While I agree that some art can be timeless, what's wrong with art that speaks to/documents a specific period in our history? The little Faste paintings are gems. I wonder how Penkala gets those surfaces.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing , it just becomes dated, more than likely there will be plenty of other sources with technology these days to document life in general during a specific time period, I can als undersatnd there theris most likely a statement the artist is making bout contemporary life. I sense in the work an idea of isolation i the modern era, anyways it's my opinion and i hate work like this, the second painter is more appealing to me.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

dear anonymous -

for someone who thinks this blog is all cronyism and ann being a martyr, you sure do read it and post on it a lot.

-jim

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im not that same anonymous jimmy, you know there may be more than one anonymous writer, by the way i don' think there is anything wrong with cronyism that's how the world works. also you don't have to sign your name jimmy because it lists your name at the beginning.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

detart asked,"I wonder how Penkala gets those surfaces."

Penkala builds up three or four hundred layers of polyurethane and pigment.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a different Anonymous responding to the other Anonymous who takes issue with artwork that dates itself.

One of the pieces is titled "planned obsolescence", so I think that this is the idea that the artist is trying to convey.

4:54 PM  

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