“In America such items were disparagingly referred to as “previously owned”; but this very continuity of ownership was part of their charm. A book dispensed its explanation of the world to one person, then another, and so on down the generations; different hands held the same book and drew sometimes the same, sometimes a different wisdom from it. Continue reading
“We know that under the revealed image there is another that is more faithful to reality, and beneath this still another, and again another under this last. And on up of that true image of that absolute, mysterious reality that nobody will ever see. Or perhaps to the point at which every image, every reality, decomposes.” Michelangelo Antonioni
The following two paintings of book pages are from “That bowling alley on the Tiber” – a collection of 33 “sketches” for films Antonioni never made.
from “Toward the frontier”
“She’s in trouble,” she says, serious. She has a face I never tire of looking at. Everything in her is to be looked at. The one thought that might take her away from where she is, that is, from my gaze, is unbearable. That’s why I start when (after a half hour) she gets up. “Let’s be going,” she says…”
from “Two telegrams”
“The first time I saw her she was simply a woman stopped at a gas station. Gas stations have a large number of shiny surfaces. Whenever the woman found herself reflected in them, she was startled. She looked around as though she were frightened…”
Folks in the star-bks on Park Ave must have thought it strange when I stopped to pick up this sad little bird. It twitched once in my hand then expired.
New work…Für Elise
a series of dedications and (mis)appropriations
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“Perhaps it was the middle of January in the present year that I first looked up and saw the mark on the wall.”
New work in the studio. New shows coming up.
The Hothouse has been extended until the 12th of February.
Pink Roses, Jen Mazza, 2010
Someone once told me that every artist should have a secret body of work that they never show.
The paintings I am working on at the moment should perhaps be my “secret body of work”, only I can’t seem to make two bodies of work at the same time – I only can do what comes next.
At this moment I am thinking peonies come next, well, that is after I finish…
…the geranium. A small homage to Jean Renoir (I am also looking forward to seeing Rules of the Game again soon). Continue reading