The Lebowski Cycle
The Lebowski Cycle is a series of paintings and drawings exploring the idea of layered narrative, using masterpieces of European art and the 1998 Coen Brothers’ film The Big Lebowski as a starting point.
The series is the result of a longstanding interest in narrative painting, particularly paintings from the Baroque and Neoclassical eras: complex figurative works that depict grand story arcs, and compress a multitude of thoughts, ideas and emotions into a single image. To me, the range of human interaction and conflict, formal qualities, and modes of depiction in that work is as interesting as the specific stories.
I wanted to explore these ideas, but was looking for a way to mitigate the grand seriousness that historical and religious paintings often contain. I started thinking about The Big Lebowski, (a favorite film, obviously) trying to imagine how the characters, humor and preposterous story arc of the film might be enlisted to explore multiple points of view, moods, and intentions if combined with themes and titles from well-known works of European art.
The combination led to paintings that reference film, art history, and contemporary art, from sources that inform, overlap and possibly even contradict each other, all run back through the imprecise language of painting.
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or find her at a local Arts Fair!
July 7 Concord, NH Concord Arts Market 9-3 Bicentenial Square
July 21 Concord, NH Concord Arts Market 9-3 Bicentenial Square
July 28 Canterbury, NH Canterbury Fair 9-4
Aug 4 Goffstown, NH Uncommon Arts Festival Main St 9-3
Aug 11 Concord, NH Concord Arts Market 9-3 Bicentenial Square
Aug 18 Dunbarton, NH Old Home Days 9-3 Dunbarton Common ( I will be demonstrating also)
Aug 25 Concord, NH Concord Arts Market 9-3 Bicentenial Square
Sept 8 Lincoln, MA Codman House 10-4
Sept 15 Canterbury, NH Canterbury Shaker Village 10-5 (I will be demonstrating also)
Sept 16 Worcester, MA StART on the Street Park Avenue 11-6
Sept 29 Lakeville, MA Lakeville Arts Festival 10-4
Sept 30 Easton, MA NRT Sheep Pasture 10-4
Of course Ol' Blue Eyes could paint.
American soldier, statesman, 18th President of the United States and Painter
Last week I presented this artist’s paintings. This week it’s her sketchbooks. If you can enlarge enough do read some of the texts. They are really interesting and informative.
The Artist of the Day is going on vacation! To paint! My first vacation from this blog in 3+ years! But never fear…there will be more interesting entries from Ryan Linehan, director of the Kimball Jenkins School of Art! See you in August!!!
These paintings… lush color, abstract worlds! They bring to mind art nouveau, German expressionism, fauvism. Think of Matisse, Edvard Munch, Charles Burchfield even! They are so exciting and while referencing art history…feel brand new!
The artist says of her work: The land of Id becomes a topsy-turvy world filled with tension and instability, where everything appears possible yet nothing is what it seems. Through symbolism and satire, The Land of Id eventually alerts us about the dangerous effects of our exploitative behaviors.
Fireworks in Mexico! I love the silhouetted figures against the golden backgrounds. So dramatic! So evocative of …well anything
Looky! Giant make up! No…not really. Actually these are huge shaped canvases. The effect is so smooth. Like the make-up containers when they’re virginal and you first open them and take off the plastic.