member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life


This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo


(Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Friday, December 2, 2011

Artnap V: Noir



Acrylic on panel.
“Amnesia is noir’s version of the common cold.”—Lee Server
This is part of a series of illustrations to go with a story of detection the lovely and talented Vesna is writing (you can see previous hints here ). In the story, the femme (a painter) has an internal conflict: she wants something, but she subconsciously subverts herself, which I think is a pretty common problem for people… In her case, there is a little issue of “forgetting,” which is the tool her subconscious uses. In that, the dark, labyrinthine qualities of the american noir cityscapes match the anfractuosity of the human brain, where what we want and what we think we want get twisted and confused and the bad “map” that creates for us runs us into walls and off of cliffs.
But not here. Here, for reasons that will become clear later, the artistic force of the painter/dreamer and the special vision of the detective will overcome the twisty darkness of the landscape in a way that the fatalism of classic noir film characters could not. The success has to do with seeing beyond (more than) what’s “there”; with the particular song of your heart and your willingness and ability to hear it and express it; and with a little bit of magic craziness (that’s the cat). Who is catching whom? I don’t know. But together, they will pull the light from behind the curtain….


ALSO
For those of you who are even mildly interested in the cafe mentioned in the last post, the rules are slackening slightly. You would have 50 pages, give or take, and it doesn't have to be from one long work. As long as it's cohesive, it can be a collection of works.
Also, each round will be only one week, only one exchange. If you have any other suggestions, I'm game!

AND
there's an excellent writer's game we've tried on Continuum-Art (link to the side) before that was fun, and it has been picking up steam on the red bubble site. Throughout the day, you add five words to the story. What's already there (109 pages!) is pretty hysterical, though it sort of lacks a plot :D
Here it is.
I recommend joining in.
That's it!


10 comments:

  1. j'aime.. les couleurs..la composition..l'histoire.. le lien, la symbolique avec le chat.!

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  2. merci beaucoup, elfi...ca me rend tres heureuse :))

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  3. Hi

    The colors in the painting are atmospheric!! I love your blues!! So fascinating!
    Has the cat come out of the gramophone?

    "there is a little issue of “forgetting,” which is the tool her subconscious uses" This is quite interesting because I had a similar experience. I once completely forgot to attend an important tea ceremony event.I had hated it so my subconscious must have made me forget about it.

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  4. sapphire,
    i am so glad you are liking the colors :)
    yes, the cat comes out of the gramaphone, which comes out of his chest, this time.

    isn't it strange? one part of you knows it *must* go; another knows there is a way out...and our subconscious is always stronger than the conscious. which is good, maybe, in the case of your tea ceremony? but if it's a subconscious fear that keeps us from moving forward...

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  5. I love this new expression of the sexy tango dancers. And I see the paw-washing blue cat is up and away and a-leaping at full stretch. Great work Zoe. You're really working the territory with these, and I wonder where the three characters will be going next.

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  6. thank you, clive :) your comment makes me very happy :)

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  7. Lovely! And the background is so atmospheric, and leaves a lot to the imagination... it looks like a curtain is being drawn aside, but what is behind it?

    I'll have to check out Red Bubble.... unfortunately I don't have a lot of written works, but the combined story sounds interesting!

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  8. jodi--it's a lot of fun if it keeps moving. i really wanted to try it here, but i don't think it would see enough action :P
    and thank you for your kind comments :)

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  9. Thank you so much for reading my posts this year, zoe!

    Wishing you and your cats Happy Holidays!!

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  10. Warm seasonal wishes Zoe and through out the year!! xo

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