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Gottfried Helnwein, Mother - Is It You?, 1971. Watercolor.

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 reflects and emulates a new form of sexual identity, in which categories such as “straight”, “gay” and “bisexual” are irrelevant, 


“El artista está enamorado del tema, no existen las criticas, las bromas o mofas. Solo hay un amor puro, una fascinación y devoción. Él parece estar enamorado de la figura del hombre, en especial del joven atrapado en ese estado en que florece su personalidad como una declaración de identidad. 

    

Si te acercas a las pinturas para tratar de descifrar a estos chicos, puedes ver que no son cualquier clase de adolescente, (no sosn el tipo deportista, no son chicos de fraternidad, ni geeks, etc.) estos chicos jóvenes tienen la pinta de los miembros de una sub cultura que podría ser una mezcla hecha entre los chicos indie de los 90’ y los fans post-punk de la banda “Joy Division” Esto es revelado por sus tatuajes, los porros que sostienen, por sus prendas, sus peinados, y también, por la atmosfera que los rodea, creada por las botellas de lo que parece ser cerveza o vino, por los libros, posteres e incluso por algunas flores en botellas vacias, y con esta descripción de la atmosfera no puedo dejar de pensar en una canción la Morrisey “How Soon is Now” 

 

 Todas estas figuras oniricas de hermosos jovenes idealizados podrían ser, facilmente, los miembros de bandas de rock como los “The Strokes”, o los melancolicos fanaticos de los Smiths, quizás los amantes de David Armstrong, o los modelos de revistas editoriales adolescentes tales como Vice.

Aunque su belleza parece asustarle al crear una niebla y mantener una distancia barriendo las facciones de sus sujetos, y asi perder el sentido de sus matices, aun mantiene el enfoque en su escencia que es a la vez limpia y ensoñadora. 

La paleta de colores suaves que usa para retratar estos jovenes los hace lucir delicados, amorosos, y sin embargo, melancolicos, y mientras los miraba podia escuchar en mi cabeza una cancion de Grimes.

Los ojos cerrados definitivamente atraparon mi mirada, al igual que las manos sobre varias partes del rostro (como la boca, el cabello y el menton) ya que muestran la fácil meditacion perezosa del momento. Si las pinturas fuesen de hombres mayores, diría que allí existe la figura ausente del padre o la figura muy dominante de la madre, ya que parecen ser tan fragiles, delicados y casi afeminados e indefensos, pero por sus edades tal vez sugieran que las pinturas son proyecciones o representaciones de lo que el artista quiere ser, quizás generado por el status quo de la industria de la moda musical, de los video clips de bandas indie y artistas pop y peliculas adolescentes con sus personajes perfectos, incluso perfectos en sus imperfeciones. La estetica de las pinturas me recuerdan al director Gregg Araki con su trilogia del apocalipsis adolescente en la que sus personajes se preguntan si hay lugar para ellos en este mundo y parecen perpetuamente tristes, y a los retratos idealizados de celebridades y de amigos de Elizabeth Peyton. Estas pinturas también podrían representar a un amante/anhelo por cierta persona o por un ideal de lo que él quiere que esa persona sea, por el modo en el que los subjetos estan retratados, con tan delicado amor y devoción. El artista quizás también esté tratando de aferrarse a una figura onirica, tal vez una que se muestra con regularidad (lo cual puede que explique los acciones mundanas repetidas tales como fumar o dormir)

….. A la postre se puede ver el amor y la fascinación por la juventud de una cultura indie.

A few of the artist’s things seem to suggest that they have a suffering that the artist cannot express, or that the artist sees sufferings that they are unable to describe so they try and do it through their art.
The one that has the light female and the dark male (I think it says postwar?) seems to have a ying-yang feel, but instead of dark standing for cool, dark, feminine or submissive, it stands for secrets and introversion. The light seems to stand for purity and peace instand of male aggression (white like a dove).
Also the style that is used suggests that the paintings mean something/represent something other than just paintings, like the artist paints intense emotions or emotions that are being felt immediately instead of stopping and looking at a past, dulled emotion or “pretty things”.
The artist also seems to want to impress to an extent, but not the average onlooker. It seems almost as if the artist is trying to prove something to himself or as if the artist is trying to impress a close family member/ someone who has encouraged the artist.

thank you so much. i’d liked to know what you think about the fact that almost every painting is a portrait of a men, young men. also about their position on the space and their actions, like smoking and the eyes shut.

The eyes shut thing definitely caught my eye, as did the hands over various parts of the face (e.g. mouth, eyes). If the paintings were of older men, I would say that there was a missing father figure or very dominate mother figure at home, but the age may suggest that the paintings are projections or portrayals of what the artist wants to be. It could also represent a lover/longing for a certain person or an ideal of what they want that person to be. The artist may also be trying to hold onto a dream figure, maybe one that shows up regularly (which may explain the mundane things such as smoking or sleeping.

The fact that the artist does see the person sleeping and laying in different positions (e.g. across a bed) leans more toward the interpretation of lover, muse, or dream figure rather than a portrayal of one wants to be however.

(also I really like this one http://e5g.tumblr.com/post/44160587787 idk it really shows emotion and stuff and it’s really thought provoking. it makes one wonder the feelings the artist/subject were feeling at the time of the captured moment)

they seem to be vibrant portraits of youth, they remind me of bruises; sorta beautifully fucked up. i like them because i think they portray the raw energy of being young, they are the patterns and explosions of what i cant see when i look at myself but what i feel inside

 i feel like you’re in love with your subjects, and it scares you, so you create a fog and keep distance, so you lose track of some of their nuances, yet keep a focus on their essence that’s both clear and dreamy

Portraits, rather than of a person, of a character, something (someone) you see and believe in a individual or a picture.  A character you create from someone, like an alter ego based on your perception of them. Something idealized. Hedonistic portraits of characters based on people. 

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i’ve been feeling sad and now i’m just bored, and i can feel it is not just boredom. i don’t know what it is and it won’t stop 

d7w:

i’m less of myself when i’m around people 

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pataki-helga:

cutie, you seem kind of sad 

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