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Flöhe der Fälschung

Acrylic paint on cotton canvas

Fleas of the Fake (Flöhe der Fälschung)
Fleas of the Fake (Flöhe der Fälschung): acrylic paint on cotton canvas

This one is a couple of years old, could be 2007 or 2008. It was photographed when standing on the floor, with the painting hanging right below the roof, so it’s highly distorted. I’ll try to update it with a better photo as soon as I find some extra time for it.

However, even this distorted, but sharp photograph is way better than what you see below: unsharp, low-light (I’ll update it with a better picture even sooner).

This is a snapshot of the notes on the wall that were playing the inspirational role for Fleas of the Fake. It’s actually a poem (although I know it’s hard to say, as unsharp as it is), with probably at least 3 verses, with the 3rd one hidden behind a hand-print on a canvas and an old canvas behind that. The note is sticked to the wall with a pin.

I honestly have to search through my text archives to see whether that poem was already included in any poetry book (but as this poem must have been written around 2007/2008, too, I suppose it will be not available yet). And as this was written a while ago, I seriously have no clue whether it has more than 3 verses. (Need to search for it  — or look behind the canvasses.)

Anyway – shortly after the poem was written back then, I used it as the inspirational text for the artwork above (that’s what I actually remember for sure – creation of both was not far away from each other in terms of time).

notes for Fleas of the Fake
notes (the poem) for Fleas of the Fake

The artwork was “unnamed” for 7 years now. It received its title when I added it to this blog and the title is, I admit, a simple joke. In the unsharp photograph, “fläche” (plane) looks like “flöhe” (fleas) and so the painting got its title, alluding to the fleas of mind that start jumping in funny parabolae when people accidentally happen to misread something.

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And here is the “sketch” (or inspirational background) for “Fleas of the Fake” in a more legible form: a bit sharper, with an a bit higher contrast, in a smaller sight frame (here, you only see the handprinted canvas still covering a part of the poem).

"Sketch" (or inspirational background) for "Flöhe der Fälschung" (Fleas of the Fake)
“Sketch” (or inspirational background) for “Flöhe der Fälschung” (Fleas of the Fake)

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Słort

also still in progress: “Słort”, acrylic paint (partly own mixtures made with pigments and D498 as binder, partly ready-bought acrylic colors) on canvas (cotton in this case, actually)

Słort - acrylic paint on cotton canvas
Słort – acrylic paint on cotton canvas

 

Main motive is a conglomerate of the Polish word “słowo” (word) and the German word “Wort” (word).

You may read this artwork as a colorful visual pamphlet against “simplified English” and “machine translation editing”.

Material used so far: acrylic colors, pigments, D498 (binder and fixating means), pieces of cord for the linear structure.

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You Nutgrass

“You nutgrass”: Current development on canvas (it’s cotton, actually, in this case) and the sketch for this work below.

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"You Nutgrass" - work in progress
so far, it’s charcoal on canvas (cotton, in this case). adapted primer: transparent acrylic primer (own mixture on basis of Plextol D498), thin and in multiple layers.

 

Sketch for "You Nutgrass"
Sketch for “You Nutgrass” in higher resolution. Sketch text partly German and English.

 

The motive is inspired by the “Nussgras”-discussion page on Wikipedia that I found while searching for a nice seed to plant in the nearby mauergarten.

However, “Nussgras” (or nutgrass in English) and the words Kraut/Unkraut (with their full fan of meanings) were playing mainly an inspirational role. From there, the painting developed on it’s own, annotating (in the letters texts on the canvas) to minute 4:21 in the track “The World Coup – THIEFA vs. Brazil [Rap News 26]” and the special role of the BILD (Springer) in this exact context in Germany.

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Plans with this Blog

This blog is supposed to deal mainly with arts as visitors interested in my other working fields will find those other informations via links on the about page and an arts related blog is what I am currently missing most.

3GB capacity should be OK, if pictures of my arts exhibits excess this volume, there will be enough space on other pages to just simply link there. But 3 GB capacity is probably what will be OK for the start.

This blog is supposed to be a tool to push myself when another painting (or any other arts exhibits) have to wait too long for being finished. Although the poem found online in German language “Acrylmalerei das Gewissen” speaks to me somehow (as does its argumentation that a too hasty arts production may attract too many interested “investors” – with the expected outcome of an economisation of my arts which I am working on avoiding since – for ages…) – even though there is definitely some truth in this poem, pictures that you begin to hear sighing when they wait for their finish is not very productive either – neither for the exhibits as such nor for any input in developments of arts trends as a whole.

Plus, when there is no exhibit, there is not even an “investor” to fear, which in the long turn makes life quite a bit boring.

So – to the details. The blog will contain works in progress in their current state as the core aim of this blog. When ever I manage to make an update, the old version (old reproduction of the arts exhibit in development) will be replaced (similarly to your app and solutions updates). This replacement of old versions will help organise the available 3GB of space.

Meaning that a full step-by-step archive will not be available. Art pieces visible here will show only their most current version. So, if you love arts, found this blog accidentally and fall in love with a certain picture in a certain phase of development: better save that version on your own computer as the final picture may turn out totally different (up to an entire overpainting of canvasses in some cases). Motives can vanish and I don’t necessarily save the intermediate versions for long. This again means if you’re lucky, you might find a real unique artpiece just by revisiting occasionally and saving a version that might be gone for good afterwards.

It will probably make sense to take one post per current new exhibit (lots of space to write the theoretical background below the reproduction of the current “state of the art”). Cathegories will be a nice feature to keep them sorted.

Parallely however (as a side aim), I will step by step upload old reproductions (of old and very old paintings and drawings). As those were mostly organised in “phases” and “series”, these will be best organised in pages not posts.