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bacon and sylvester

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David Sylvester interview with artist Francis Bacon in 1966.

Following are some quotations from Bacon.

All art has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself.

When you paint anything you are not only painting the subject, you’re painting yourself as well as the object you’re trying to record.

One wants the thing to be as factual as possible and at the same time as deeply suggestive or deeply unlocking of areas of sensation other than simple illustration of the object you set out to do.  Isn’t that what all art is about?

People nearly always believe that the distortions of them are an injury to them, no matter how much they feel for, or how much they like you.  They do nevertheless, as most of them are people who are not concerned with art.

You kill the thing you love.


Written by Peter Rudd

July 9, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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sarah mckenzie

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[crane, 2007, oil on canvas|aerial #69, 2004, oil on canvas]

Sarah McKenzie’s paintings of wood frame houses, cul de sacs and suburban developments.  They seem to merely document, but we’re too literate for that, with all the talk of sustainable life.  By her own admission they show more than beauty:  hints of distopia.

From her website –

At this point, my work is only minimally about suburbia. Tract homes and strip malls provide the fodder for the paintings and help to place them in a specific cultural moment in time, but the work is ultimately about paint and the nature of pictures. To the extent that my paintings still comment on suburbia, it is through the moments of visual rupture described above, which may be interpreted as revealing cracks in the suburban American dream.

Written by Peter Rudd

April 6, 2009 at 10:31 am