Saturday, March 26, 2016

Jacob Collins

An American artist "who has built a life out of the premise that the twentieth century nearly ruined art" — The New Old Masters. Says the artist, "My general feeling in terms of art making is the train got off the rails in the 1860s and 1870s, and my practical instinct is to go back to where it was, try to put it back, fix it up, and start going again." He continues:
    Our culture has inherited the idea that if artists are not avant-garde they cannot have a significant role. That’s a fallacy we’ve inherited from some Parisian nut-job radicals. The rejection of beauty is so accepted. It’s high time that we as a culture attend to our beauty position.
Amen. Below, good examples of the "beauty position" he talks about are his "Young Woman in Bed" (2004) and "Reclining Nude" (2006):

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I was immediately struck by his talent in the self-portrait.

April 5, 2016 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Definitely. Re-reading what the artist says in the first paragraph. I'm reminded of this C.S. Lewis quote:

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."

April 9, 2016 at 5:53 PM  

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