Friday, January 11, 2008
Link to Surrealism
Freud's "On Dreams" changed not only ideas of the subconcious, but also perception.
Why do people go mad? become obsessive? Images function as signs. Not in terms of iconography; latent and manifest content are a way to access the subconcious.
The return of the repressed can be romantic, dangerous and mysteriously intriguing.
Andre Breton wanted us to escape from order- be hysterical and criminal.
As the main goal of the surrealists was to liberate the subconcious, there is no one surrealist "style".
The images communicate more than what they appear to be. Metaphor is taken to the next level as the idea of image becomes more abstract.
In my own work, colors vibrate and say "I'm okay, you're okay". The paint looks good enough to eat.
The models in my work are just that: they are indifferent and vapid. They represent the stereotype of a "girl". They can be at once vulnerable and predatory, alluring and repulsive.
The goal is to take a relatively insignificant, or confusing act or object and reduce it to a clear, precise notation that contains a dramatic carrying power beyond its own physical existence.
In terms of a connection to the audience, I wish to successfully portray a world of solely formal devices, void of psychic dimensions and symbolic associations.
What you see is what you get. Anything more than that is derived by the viewer, is what the viewer brings from his or her own experience.
The prime compositional concern is the perceptual analysis of known quantities against austere conditions (blank background). This in turn stirs the debate over specificity, generality, linear time and timelessness.
There is no beginning; no end.
The viewer should vicariously participate in the present decision; the process of creation or destruction, and the act that took place in the past. "tableau vivant"
The potential of the stage affords space for adjusted intervals between objects. Also, there exist options for views from extreme, elevated angles, or views on level with the floor plane.