I'm stoked to revisit his work. He continues to inspire me with the (new to me) work that is a total confrontation with the visceral bodies we live in. The body, flowers, bodies missing limbs, life/death, beauty, biology. Of course i'm interested.
All images below are screenshots and notes from the video:
Marc Quinn and the Mutability of the Human Body | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 33
These days I've been looking at lots of art, which is fabulous. My own work is like a choo choo train that is meandering with a blurry map. I'm continuing to work on bits and pieces of photography and drawings mostly, along with Plan B of my commission.
Last weekend I met up with a SF Sketchers for the first time, it was cool. At Sutro Park. Here's a snapshot of my sketch, it's cute I guess.
I took some snapshots of sketches from over the years that are in my travel sketchbook that is always in my bag. This one filled up a month or two ago.
all images ©️ Erin Feller.
Here is one of the proofs from my New Mexico trip. This house was far away from everything. It's colors juxtaposed with all the colors near it created a soft lightness, bright beauty. All the rubble like beach stones.
Sylvia Sleigh, what can I say? Bravo then and bravo now. Bravo for all time. RELEVANT.
Most of the pictures below are screenshots taken from a short video about her on the youtube channel The Canvas:
It dawned on me today just how limited I have become in my work both conceptually and physically in the last number of years. Of course I've known it, but the gravity of it passed over me in a new way. It felt similar to an experience I had as a sophomore in high school. I was struck by an awareness that I was wasting part of myself by not committing more to art making. I sat in the middle of the large, open entrance to the gym, pensive and aware of what it seemed to mean. It was an interesting response, to sit down on the floor in hall. I felt shame and loss because I hadn't made enough; didn't have much to show for myself at the end of the year when they put the art show in the gym. I was the best artist in my huge class, without question, and it was my favorite thing. Yet I felt I didn't give it what it deserved. This is how I remember it. I changed after that day, thank god.
And now I have stopped bothering to even think about making larger, conceptual work because there is no place to show or create it on hand. I can't make it anywhere to submit it anywhere to be shown. Installation is so important to me and I miss it so much. Haven't done it since the collective lost our space on 9th Street. (San Francisco doesn't have much space for average folks).
I must remedy this in some way.
Work about -
Acceptance of mystery.
Confrontation with yourself.
Erik Steffensen; painting on photographs. I used to do this and it inspires me. Gorgeous. They have a mood that points to a dampness in the heart. "Stand up for beauty."
“When you make an image, in some sense it’s there before you arrive.” Meet Danish artist Erik Steffensen who works in between photography and painting. “It means a lot to me to widen the space.” “I am not a photographer. Clearly, I am not a painter. I see myself in the tradition of people who transform things.” Erik Steffensen here tells the story of how he discovered and got drawn into the world of art. “I am trying to make images that interest myself. Maybe it is a kind of childhood trauma that you don’t have enough space. So you try for yourself to find a different space that allows you to breathe. That’s a way of dealing with images. It’s not a way of expressing yourself, but of being.”
“Photography”, Steffensen adds, was his first love. And photography is still the point of departure for most of his works today. After developing the images in the darkroom, he afterwards paints upon them. “What is happening with a photograph, when you add color on it, is a small miracle, because everything becomes unique. When you work in a darkroom, every tiny bit of light that comes to the paper, defines it. Every little thing means something. It’s like with a medication – you have to be very precise, otherwise it will kill you. With painting it’s the same thing. Detail is everything.”
“One of my purposes as an artist is to stand up for beauty. Because so many people they stand up for everything else – politics, whatever. Art of course is politics because you chose to do something different. But I still stand up for the kind of beauty that is connected to the inner world. It’s a bit like reading a poem. You can look at a tree and say: ‘Yes, it’s a tree’. You can also look at it and say: ‘Yes, it has a deeper meaning.’”
Erik Steffensen is a Danish artist and writer born in 1961 in Valby, Copenhagen. He studied Philosophy and Art History at the University of Copenhagen and was educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts... As a writer Erik Steffensen published his autobiography ”Valbyengelsk” in 2003.... Erik Steffensen was interviewed in his studio at Vemmetofte Kloster on Stevns, Denmark in June 2021. -Louisiana Channel.
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