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Hillel Kagan
About this artwork
Title
Figures In a Box (exploded view)
Materials
oil on wooden box
Dimensions
h.27cm w.27cm d.21cm
Completed
Jun 2007
Artist

Hillel's Description: Imagining two figures from different angles contained in a cube.

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Comments
JP
2007-10-30 20:20

Now that you've exhibited your stuff right smack in a baroque cathoic church (at Trapani), I see you've even taken to the symbolism with this latter-day rendition of figures in a cruciform.
I suppose next you'll be expecting nomination for the Archbishopric of art process!

Seriously I love to watch your exploration of figurative abstraction, (as you call it).
Nevertheless I'd prefer an 'X' format here as opposed to the weight of the possible religious reference.

Hillel
2007-10-30 21:59

That's very funny, thanks for your comments. The exploded view of the box just happens to turn into a cruciform. I can assure you there was no personal or religious intent.
More importantly it's nice to feel your presence once again on this site. It's been missed, welcome back.

JP
2007-10-31 05:55

Well in a way I wasn't joking. Take a look at the painting again - doesn't it look like a baroque ceiling - all airiness and light? Here's a random URL as an example:
www.wga.hu/art/t/tiepolo/gianbatt/5wurzbur/3ceilin1.jpg
(you'll have to copy it into the address line of your browser as I've turned off links in comments).
Anyone in agreement?

Then I'm thinking, man - this guy gets compared to half the history book! Bacon, Hopper, Tiepolo... you name it. What's the story Kagan?

karen
2007-10-31 12:46

I agree with J.P. I have been working in a Catholic Church, restoring a Luca Giordano ceiling, and your painting was something of a flashback to that baroque movement and light, and forced diagonals. Although to me as I told you somewhere it looks like a fabulous struggle, it has something brutal in it on the verge of metamorphosing into something unknown. Unknown for us, but very clear and intimate for you. Very up-to-date in its internal violence.
Glad to hear from you too, J.Paul.

Hillel
2007-10-31 13:53

Well you've caught me red handed. I've been working my way through the Encyclopedia of Art absorbing and stealing everything I see with the ambition of combining all those thousands and thousands of different ways of seeing and painting to make one, unified, gigantic mess.

JP
2007-10-31 14:58

...hmm maybe you merit that Archbishop position after all.

Maria
2007-11-01 01:20

Woh, woh, wait a second here! I just checked this web address you gave J.P and what did I find? This guy wearing his piece of drape, (is it?) way too high for not showing anything underneath... Well, he seems more like a half way Dionisos' figure to me. And I trust you are all aware of Dionisos' habits. An Archbishop should at least blush at such a sight!
Ah, those double cross renaisanse artists...

JP
2007-11-01 07:30

Well, the Archbishop did say he wanted to absorb 'different ways of seeing'. I suppose that would also include a Dionysian view of things?
Regarding the element you've noted as missing, I suggest that it has ..er.. moved, in response to the friendly attentions of those two kind ladies?

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