Awhile back the lovely Spandex Pony (how is that for a wicked name :) tagged me with a challenge that was just too good to pass, and after a month digesting it (sorry for taking so long Spandex, but it was a really hard task narrowing it down :), I’ve finally come to an end result. The question she asked was:
“Which 5 pieces of art would you most like to own, and where might you put them in your home?” (budget not being a concern)
It was a tough call, and I ended up with mostly paintings (possibly because it’s my favorite art form) that connect in some twisted way with how my psyche works :)
Sas Christian – Lucky hat for a bad luck day
As I said before, she’s one of my favorite artists working today, so obviously something of hers had to pop up. This particular painting kinda of reminds of a lot of my own personal fetishes (blues nails, hats, lucky pieces of clothing), so I guess that’s why I feel a connection with it. Clearly lobby material, it’s safe (compared to a lot of her other work), and should nosy and boring neighbors catch a glimpse of it, they wouldn’t think I’m a complete fruitcake :)
Tara McPherson – Hey, we all die sometimes
For some reason I haven’t mentioned her on my blog before, even though I love her work (I’ll have to fix that soon!)
I have a thing with hearts (notice how it’s going to make another appearance on the list) and Medusa like creatures…and hey we’ve all felt like this before, even if we didn’t die from it!
This and my next choice would both go to the living room, I think they make a nice match, they complement themselves color wise, and thematically share this quirky ironic surrealism.
Ray Caesar – Madre
LOVE, love the colors on this, the pink and the red are so vibrant, and all the small details (like the flies on the hat) that create the atmosphere, and how it looks both sweet and gory, a combo that is completely up my alley.
Frida Kahlo – The two Fridas
I’ve always been fascinated with Frida Kahlo and her work, because of how she used it as her own personal psychiatrist, and in general on having your art act as extension of your own personal issues, be it music or some sort of physical art. This is my favorite Kahlo painting, because it deals with the duality of the being, and how clearly sometimes there can almost be two versions of yourself, which no matter how inner connected are, can clash…ok, I’m dwelling into a lot of psycho babble here, maybe I’m the one that needs to go see the shrink :)
This, I’d put on my bedroom, where clearly, each morning you clash with yourself when you wake up!
HR Giger – Zodiac Fountain
Damn, I can’t find a proper photo of this, so I’ll just have to leave a few different links, and you can imagine how the end result is!
This is one of those pieces that puts to use so much of Giger’s imagery (an artist I admire), the central piece of the fountain is a torso and it’s surrounded by 12 smaller pieces representing the zodiac signs. You can catch a glimpse of those here.
I’d need a gigantic front or back yard for it, which unfortunately I don’t have, but maybe one day, who knows :)
Currently, I have a small print of his painting Li I hanging over my bed.
Close runner ups:
- Antonio Canova’s Cupid and Psyche
Funnily enough (considering I’m not that much of an aficionado for older painters or sculpture), I’m pretty into older style sculpture, and while most people are freaked out by cemeteries, I find them to be one of the best places to find this kind of sculptures.
- Tamara Lempicka’s Girl with a green dress
I love the colors and how the painting almost seems to be made out of blocks.
- Eric White’s Our beloved Ganesa
It’s the ethic surrealist factor that gets me here, I’ve always had an affinity for those cultural multi armed, full of symbolism Indian visual motifs (I’m 1/4 Indian, so it’s a back to the roots kind of thing)!
- Mark Ryden’s Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers
Like in Giger’s case, this particular painting just seems like a crystallization of so many of Ryden’s usual hang ups, and the result ends up being completely creepy cutie.