Thursday, October 25, 2007

Connor Harrington (peter's pick)

'According to Conor himself, central to his oil canvasses is "the male figure, referring to the masculinity of urban culture". The men in Conor's paintings allude to the not necessarily heroic, but stoic and pensive male of the modernist painters; however the pieces are plastered with post-modern graffito flourishes in a pertinent clash of styles - "I'm interested in the dynamics between opposing elements" says the artist. Both the male figures and abstract elements of the work are unarguably contemporary, the emotions they transmit are timeless, if currently under-rated - dignity, courage and a quiet sense of duty to oneself and those around us.'
I see harrington's work as very similar to mine, in the sense of dealing with the human figure while maintaining a sense of an abstract element.

I really like Stephen Gill's photos (Whitney's pick). I think they have a painterly quality to them, with the colors especially. I think the top photo also contains some abstract elements in it.

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