Mike Kelly’s Dancers

Mike Kelly Dancers

How does one artist’s work influence another? Here is an example: a friend and I went to the Mike Kelly show at PS1. It’s a huge show. He died (unexpectedly by suicide) last year and as a result, the show became a kind of unintended retrospective of and homage to his life’s work. Anyway, one of the things that knocked me out was a video of three women dancers. They were all in black with white makeup on their faces. And, the dance was enthusiastic, crazy, funny and oddly elegant. I was mesmerized and could have watched them all day. So, I decided to see if I could draw them. The initial effort was realistic and not so hot. I just couldn’t capture the movement or the madness on a piece of paper. So, I started to screw around, layering hard and soft pastels on top of one another until it was time to be done for the day. The result: more satisfying to me than when I started and about as good as my limited ability was going to make it. It is an 18 x 24 inch charcoal and pastel drawing on 64 pound Strathmore charcoal paper.

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About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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2 Responses to Mike Kelly’s Dancers

  1. Jantraporn says:

    嗯嗯 被罵的經驗我倒是很豐富:)oui-news聯播…可能是因為聯播的網誌過多 數百/上千 稍縱即逝 所以曝光機會相對來說就愈來愈少了 而個人網摘 跟搜尋引擎的原理類似 連結 關鍵字 的位置愈前面 愈明顯 或是被長輩Richy連結 pagerank高的網站 流量就愈高 搜尋結果就愈前面 我覺得 雖然也可能會形成某種結構 但網路的hieraechy會是流動的 舉例來說 長輩人人可以作 大頭症人人都會得 就是個好例子

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