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Monday, June 8, 2015
Intimacy and distance - man and nature.
Oil on board, 122 x 99 cm
you measure the distance between an ape to a human? What to measure, what
metrics? How close are we to our primal ancestors? Is that a relevant question
to the theme at present? Resemblance or distance could be depending on the
situation. This cage is different. What if we as a naked individual are left, alone,
under the eye of the observer, naked, stripped down to our basic existence? All
integrity removed, our gaze introvert, yet seeking something outside. Yes, I
have seen the gaze in the depicted primal before, it was on the face of a
tormented human. What we expect to fill out the discomfort of pure existence is
gone. Context is the color of feelings, not that of the rational. The core of
our own identity, so stripped of everything that helps us constitutes it. The jungle gone, left are structures vanishing
in rough strokes of vibrant colors, impressions beyond that of the rational. A
productive state of shard feeling – the fragile existence we cling to as
primates in various states of evolution. This state of pure being establish a
bridge over which we are invited to an intimate, yet rationally distanced
encounter with – “our selves”.
stepping back the monochrome, dissolving unfinished expression leaves the
primate naked and fragile to our looks. Intimate, even at a distance. For a more extensive discussions on the theme"The body: the meat and the spirit: becoming animal" based on pictures by Francisc Backon, please visit: