Picturing the Male Self
This is a series of male self-portraits presented at Crystal Bridges. The photographs are rather dark–I was experimenting with a manual setting to compensate for the museum lighting.
We’ll start with this sculpture–I think it would be interesting to just sit near this to watch people’s reactions, it is so detailed and lifelike. Evan Penny, aluminum, silicone, pigment, hair, fabric.
This next is based on black and white photos by Sam Samore.
It strikes me that not only are these men not smiling nor do they seem to be enjoying life or their art, but some of them look truly miserable. What comes first, the art or the angst?
Speaking of self-portraits, my art quilt group has a new challenge: Self-Portrait. We don’t have too many rules for this one and the initial idea came from the late quilt artist, Yvonne Porcella. Have you done a self-portrait? Do you have a favorite self-portrait? Send me a link if you do and search for Yvonne Porcella’s Self-Portrait class for some colorful examples.
Posted on February 26, 2016, in Art and tagged Ben Shahn, Crystal Bridges, David Bates, Evan Penny, John Koch, John Stewart Curry, Joseph Stella, Milton Avery, Morton Livingston Shamberg, Oscar Bluemner, Paul Cadmus, Rudolf Stengel, Sam Samore, self portrait, Stuart Davis, Will Barnet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.