Wonder Woman #207 (1973)
Liza Lacroix's portraits, characters
Faces are the most expressive parts of our body, but as painted by Canadian artist Liza Lacroix they become confused blotches of thick paint. Perhaps that’s what pushes us to delve even deeper into them with our gaze.
The series, realized by Lacroix in 2013, follows up on another collection of works on bigger canvases whose subject was the face of Commedia dell’Arte character Pierrot. After transforming her home in Brooklyn into a studio, the more limited and intimate working space is reflected in these paintings in a smaller format and its tormented subjects.
The portraits are made using an oil technique on Lexan, a resin that belongs to the family of polycarbonates, used often for advertising posters. The colors are instead applied with a sumptuous yet tremulous style.
Liza was particularly inspired by the representation of fabrics in fashion and art, with their rich tones and textures. In particular by a Prada ad campaign and an exhibition on Manet at the Metropolitan. Among her influences Liza also lists Mark Rothko, the artist who was a precursor of color field painting, and the environment in which he lives, made of simple and chance encounters: “Happy accidents” she calls them.
For those of you with a foot fetish… you know who you are.
(Girl’s love stories #158)
Love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via creatingaquietmind)
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it — basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.– Charles Bukowski (via thestylishgypsy)
"Berlin" Sculpture by Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky.
"…I find a brute yet honest identity of my subjects…” states Rogelio Manzo. His journey as an artist began studying architecture, but the rigidity and formality of architectural practice led him to painting where he creates chaotic, dark and brooding, yet harmonious “portraits”. His past in architecture is not lost though, as geometric elements sneak into his paintings that are made of resin panels, silk and other fabric. His subjects faces are draped in sweeping swatches of blue, orange and vivid white hues while hints of their personality seep through.
From ‘Full Frontal Exhibit’ by Terry Furry
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The painting, Die Medizin (Kompositionsentwurf), is an 1897–98 study for one of a series of massive, controversial paintings the artist was commissioned to create for the ceiling of the Great Hall at the University of Vienna by Austria’s Ministry of Culture and Education in 1894.
The three finished works were never displayed in the hall, due to their purportedly pornographic content, and were destroyed by retreating German forces as World War II drew to a close in 1945. The Die Medizin study, characterized by its unique blend of neo-Baroque and Secessionist aesthetics, is the only extant version of any of the three panels. <source>
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Keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.– Epictetus (55-135 CE) (via biscodeja-vu)
C.S. Lewis: I made you a character in my book!
J.R.R. Tolkien: OMG me too!
Lewis: You're the man who created the wardrobe that leads to Narnia!
Lewis: Who am I?
Tolkien: A tree
Tolkien: But, like, a cool tree