Let Me Spell It Out For You... About Painting
After the full blown out installation "Bioshock" taking place at Ron Mandos Gallery in spring 2009, Artists Anonymous is back in the Netherlands with an even more contradictive and reception-questioning exhibition, but this time it goes to the inside.
Why is one painting a masterpiece and another one just good (or bad) craftsmanship?
Why is a proper definition of art itself still missing?
There is the fundamental break in the history of painting, to paint two paintings at the same time, to have another picture hidden inside, equally valid, infinitive possibilities to take it out, or leave it hidden, an afterimage of the work you see, like a ghost ...or the soul of the work.
To create a three-dimensional appearance, space and atmosphere on a two-dimensional surface is not an illusion trick, but the conglomerat of scientific knowledge, craftmansship, devotion and high moral standards.
The painting in negative (or so called ‘after-image) goes way back to x-ray paintings of Aboriginals, that represent the dreamworld or the other dimension, as well as Greek vases with negative and positive images on their different sides.
There is an installation in front of you; a single piece that breaks the boundaries of twodimensionality in the blink of an eye, that has one foot in the dream that connects your brainhalfs to receive information from the universe you never even dreamt of.
Other than the actual paintings on canvas or wood, there will be different techniques shown like photography, film, sculpture, that are all based on painting, or better, that ARE actually paintings if you give it a closer look.
Let me spell it out for you: if you don't get it now, you won't ever get it.