This was done in my early 20’s, in a consciously Expressionistic style. The technique was to use charcoal and an eraser to draw something relatively quickly, from the imagination, and out of suggestions I get from non-representational marks I’d first make on the paper…
I’m sharing old work incrementally. This kind of work is clearly out of fashion, officially, but I tend to think that ordinary art audiences like this sort of thing (more than they like my new work, anyway). I also think that most people click “like” without bothering to trouble themselves reading what it’s about. So, they won’t know that I’m sharing this now in order to test the theory that people like emotional, messy art. If they do read this, that’s fine as well. I like emotional, messy art, even if most my new work doesn’t fit into that category at all.
Yesterday I wrote an article about artist, Jonathan Meese. After researching him a bit I pretty much came to the conclusion that he has a fairly distorted view of art, and his art may be so much self-indulgent, sophomoric garbage, with an occassional striking painting. He is, on the other hand, very popular with a lot of people, and after sleeping on this it seemed obvious to me that the simply reason is that his work is emotional. It strives to be intense – if you watch Meese talk for more than 30 seconds it’s obvious that he’s all about passionate intensity – and the sloppy, spontaneous look of his technique helps this while keeping it from being too literal and obviously sentimental.
I did one piece in his style, just to see if I could. I think I pulled it off pretty well, even though I only used the computer, when physical mediums would have been much more convincing. I want to do some more along those lines, and probably using physical mediums, but don’t want to attribute them to Meese, or myself. I think I am going to invent a contemporary German Expressionist alter-ego that is responsible for them. Shhhh. If you read this you are in on it. Everyone else will have to see through it for themselves.
See more of my early work here.