Princess Stomper

Why artists shouldn’t stick to art

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MC Escher Relativity - fair use for discussion of artist - via Wikipedia


Maurits Cornelius Escher created the impossible, inspired by mathematics – but we should bear in mind the warmth, surrealism and accessibility of his angular drawings.

Battles – ‘Ddiamondd’

This was the very first thing that sprang to mind, from Battles’ first album.

Steve Reich – ‘Piano Phase’

The way the sounds bleed into one another to form something else is a typically Escher idea.

Eric Plourde – ‘Signals (2012)’

The same mix of variation and repetition make this a candidate for inclusion.

La Mar Enfortuna – ‘Pali Mou Kanis To Vari’

Like one of Escher’s pictures, it starts off as one thing and ends up as something completely different. Apparently, this is completely unlistenable if you’re Greek.

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3 Responses to Why artists shouldn’t stick to art

  1. Princess Stomper August 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    (BTW I do love Knifeworld – I wouldn’t include them if I didn’t – but I do have to admit it’s bonkers music in the same way that Bastards of Fate are bonkers)

  2. Daniel August 9, 2012 at 12:52 am

    As a twenty-something snob, I never gave Rothko his due, but when I saw some of his work up close (as a (thirty-something snob) it turned me around. There was a piece called untitled blue and green, where a velvety blue shared the canvas with an ashen black. Upon closer inspection their was green underneath the black, but it only revealed itself when the viewer leaned in close. That’s a pretty similar to hearing “A Warm Place” for the first time since high school.

    great article!

  3. Princess Stomper August 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I just thought people who liked art like Rothko’s were gullible and stupid until I saw ‘Red on Red’ (untitled), which sold for about £4 million a decade or so ago. It was like a very loud musical chord that strikes you in the gut – it just sort of resonates on a totally primal and intuitive level. It was the exact shades of red used were so … biological. Nothing else I’ve seen of his has affected me that way – but then, I’ve never seen his stuff close up.

    Almost of all of his copyists are just people slapping a wadge of paint onto a board, though, so my contempt towards them still stands.

    Really glad you enjoyed the article.

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