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Tofi Stoler: Stapled to Death – Goya’s «The Third of May 1808»

13 May

Verglichen mit dem derzeitigen Geschehen auf der politischen Weltbühne stellt mein kleiner Gedankengang ein kleines, elitäres Problem dar: Warum gibt es im gesamten Netz keine brauchbare Abbildung einer Arbeit Asgar Jorns aus seinem Zyklus «Modifications»? Denn dann bräuchten wir uns nicht Francisco de Goya y Lucientes «The Third of May 1808», aus Büroklammern mehr schlecht als recht zusammengetuckert, anzusehen.

Aber vielleicht denkt sich der Urheber Tofi Stoler lediglich, daß das nächste Holocaustdenkmal auf dieser Welt bestimmt schon darauf wartet, in Auftrag gegeben zu werden. Und dann braucht er ja nur noch die Schublade aufzuziehen… Eigentlich ganz schön praktisch!

via: BoingBoing

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The Vegetable Museum

15 Aug

The Vegetable Museum – 04, Ju Duoqi, 2008; The Third of May 2008; C-Print Size A: 120x150cm  Edition: 6  Size B: 80x100cm  Edition: 12

Original painting by Goya. History of the painting: The Third of May was meant as a memorial to those who had died during NAPOLEON‘s invasion of Spain What made NAPOLEON‘s invasion possible was that The Spanish king, CHARLES IV, his wife, + son FERDINAND squabbled over who would rule Spain NAPOLEON took advantage of this He had troops in Spain, supposedly marching through on their way to Portugal But instead, he saw his opportunity + while the Spanish royal family was fighting w/ itself NAPOLEON grabbed the throne What happened then is that there was a rebellion which the French put down w/out mercy + the upshot of that was a vicious war that lasted 6 yearsMay 2: 1808: After NAPOLEON had seized the throne There was a rumor in Madrid that the royal family would be kidnapped + murdered A crowd formed outside th’e Royal residence hoping to catch a glimpse of family When they didn’t appear, suddenly the crowd attacked the French w/ knives + bare hands Next day, all Spaniards who were suspected of being involved were shot w/out trial. This was the catalyst for a larger rebellion that led to 6 years of a vicious war.

Am 6.6.1982 hat mich übrigens ein Hund namens Goya gebissen. Ich mußte deshalb ambulant ins Krankenhaus. Hätte ich ihm das Ohr abgerissen, hätte man ihn danach vielleicht “van Gogh” genannt. Aber er war der Stärkere. Nice interpretation via: Schnitzler-Aachen

The Vegetable Museum – 17, Ju Duoqi, 2008; The Death of the Cabbage Head; C-Print Size A: 150x101cm  Edition: 6  Size B: 100x71cm  Edition: 12

Original painting by David. History of the painting The Death of MaratDuring the French Revolution, a Frenchman named Jean Gillette was responsible for advances in razor technology, making personal shaving much easier for the people of France. However, Gillette faced an uphill battle in trying to educate the people of France about razors; he commissioned Marat to write a manual that would accompany each razor that was sold.

On July 13, 1793 Marat began work on a manual for the Gillette Company. The great writer prepared himself a bath and also put a board across the tub to serve as a writing desk. After an hour, Marat had shaved nearly all of his chest hair and was close to completing the manual. Marat then noticed a stray hair under his collarbone – he gauged at it, opening a gaping wound. The great writer passed out from the pain and slowly bled to death. Out of fear of a slow and painful death, the people of France now find it acceptable to not shave any of their body hair.

Jacques-Louis David’s painting of Marat remains as a lasting tribute to the death of a great man and the death of personal shaving in France. Magic interpretation via: The History Bluff


The Vegetable Museum – 16, Ju Duoqi, 2008; Van Gogh made of Leek; C-Print Size A: 120x100cm  Edition: 6  Size B: 90x75cm  Edition: 12

Ju Duoqi (b.1973) in Chongqing, China but now residing in Beijing. She graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1996 and worked as a website and computer games designer before becoming a freelance artist in 2005. Her works began with a fascination with vegetables and their relationship to the domestic and the role of the woman. In her series “The Vegetable Museum” Duoqi uses the vegetables as actors, recreating famous paintings, in doing so she questions what meaning the painters wanted to convey and confronts us with her own take on the world.

Duoqi has exhibited around China and Korea since 2007 and has most recently shown in Europe at the Galerie Paris-Beijing, Artparis 09 Grand Palais in France.

Ju Duoqi’s work is to be seen during the Brighton Photo Biennal 2010. The exhibition is called: New Ways of Looking