Sunday, August 10, 2008

vinyl record painting

"night demons"
by c.bayrak

I have heard it said that when an artist reuses an image it's because they've run out of ideas.
Maybe sometimes that is true, I don't know, but there is comfort in revisiting an old image. Sometimes it is because one loves an image and wants to explore how many ways it can be represented or reinterpreted.

resin coated painting

Found this snippet about "The Repeating Image" in art from a historical persepctive, with a nice synopsis on amazon uk.


Undaunted said...

I agree, I think it's more to do with the artist loving the image they have created and wanting to create it again and again, maybe just a different "version" of it. There is fulfillment in creating it.

It's like music - musicians play the same piece of music again and again, and feel a sense of fulfillment each time, but sometimes they vary it a little, depending on the mood at the time.

As listeners, we also like to hear the same piece again and again, and even like to hear different versions of the same song, even by the same artist. I like to see different versions of the same paintings too.

Marcia said...

Undaunted made some good points. She's right about music; a "cover" song may end up being more popular than the original.

I thought about Georgia O'Keeffe and her many variations of flowers, skulls, and landscapes. Some may look similar to one another, but the variation of colors or elements give each a different "flavor".

And Frida Kahlo never got tired of painting her favorite subject, herself.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I hadn't thought of the music angle, but that is a great example. Sometimes the music doesn't change but the instruments do and yes, gives a different context or flavour.

oh yes, georgia o'keefe and khalo marcia, and thank goodness they did that. So existing to see how many ways the same image can be explored and offer different meanings.

Trish said...

I like the music analogy too - how shall I play this beloved piece in a different way. Your example is a particularly compelling image too. I like the way you are pushing the humanity in this image to every limit-awesome

Trish said...

I like the music analogy. How many ways can I express this? in what genre? how does it make me feel today?
This particular image certainly lends itself to multiple means of expression - but it is YOU the artist who makes us see that. Hats off to you - awesome empathy you create with this one image of humanity

fren_ace said...

i agree with you
artist has different purpose
why they reuse same image,