Saturday, March 9, 2013
Llyn Foukes is an American artist, working mainly with paint and collage, started out working a lot with landscape photography and vintage postcards that captured the iconography of America in the 50s. I've always been amazed by collage, because it all seems very simple to cut and stick a couple of pictures together and call it art, but a great collage can only be made when the artist finds a perfectly unique compination of images and composes them in a really interesting way, and finding those perfect images is usually a lot more difficult than you think.
Foulkes' work is fuelled by anger and frustration, he's a bit of a perpetual angsty teenager, but it all stems from his childhood, when he says "I got lots of attention as a child, but it was the wrong kind of attention--I was surrounded by people telling me, 'You should be a movie star because you're such a beautiful little boy!' The message I got was that the only worthwhile people were movie stars, and that love is contingent on what the world thinks of you." (from a 1995 interview with Kristine McKenna)
There's definitely a Francis Bacon feel to Foulkes' work, with all the tortured faces, ripped edges and religious motifs. It's pretty gruesome and raw, but it's definitely not like any other artist out there at the moment. Something about his composition, colours, themes and ideas are really interesting to me.
"Who's On Third?" (1971-73)