Sunday, March 05, 2006

Edvard Munch





"Why am I not as others are? Why was there a curse on my cradle? Why did I come into the world without any choice?"

These were the questions Munch asked. Listen, I cannot answer. This wondering is gruesome but leads to raw urgent paintings with red-haired tangle bunches, organ-flora, artist-as-savior scenarios, and life cycle symbology that attempts to put everything in visual context. Yes we are miserable, yes our livers are shriveling, yes there are times when blackness reigns, when operations must be performed and communion with others is impossible.

However, one may paint these pictures which speak of a cut away from reality - a cut between the head and the rest, the water from sky. A cut away is the representation of desire for the thing ungotten. Desire becomes slash, gesture represents menace, dread, and lust, simultaneously.

47 comments:

postmoderndebunker said...

This fist woman is calling to me...she wants some gladhandling. I am totally seduced by her.

krixfort said...

Did you see Munch at moma, MM?

Mountain Man said...

Yeah it was amazing!!! Highly recommend the show. Should have mentioned.

Mountain Man said...

His mother died when he was young, then his sister and he became obsessed with women until his mid-40's....then I don't know. I have to read up. He is a melodramatic man with big feelings and big ideas.

Mountain Man said...

Everyone should see the show, it will make you really happy. It's huge, so you must take your time, and especially take heed of the woodcuts and lithographs in the back room. He really let the wood do its own thing - the grain became flowing landscape with little scratches here and there becoming figures.

He was all about the scratch, the laceration, the bleeding wound.

postmoderndebunker said...

I am a sucker for bleeding wounds. I am looking forward to the show. I need more drama in my life.

ds said...

Hello Mountain Man,
He seems like Klimt's dark brother, less at ease with the material of the world, no orgiastic reveries here. Mad symbolist meloncholy and acknowledging the sad beauty of our powerlessness to "other" forces. Can't wait to see the show.
Thanks

anonymous from painter nyc said...

What does this symbolize--huh? I mena really...is this so radical?? It's not Baselitz you know.

Corny said...

geez, i knew I was going to have to deal with responding to a beautiful MM post about the Munch show. Theres alot to say about the man who makes selfportraits as sunsets. The last two sentences of you post are brilliant. You get it and help me get it, thanks.

One of Munchs friends said something about how Munch didn't need to go to an island in the south pacific to find that which is primitive in man. Or something. makes Gauguin look cool and detached. I guess they were compaired to eachother while they were alive.

Anon from PainterNYC your an odd little bug aren't you?

Anonymous said...

The "female Jesus" piece is blasphemy!

MM How many pieces are in the show?

fairy butler said...

i can't wait to see this mm. did he really say that crazy stuff about the curse on my cradle? I am thinking we are related. there is not so much sun in the nordic climes. anyway... thanks for your lovely post on this!

I love painting said...

Great post. I posted about Munch, without seeing this and now I am embarrassed by my inability to articulate anything.

sloth said...

MM, your description of the show is beautiful; I have nothing really to add except:

amoeba rocks
hair-blood
virginia creeper blood fire
i/eye
physical shadows

I also found this image online which I dig:

http://academic.luzerne.edu/mbrady/Munch.jpg

looks really contemporary.

He did this thing with the woodblock prints where he sawed the block into jigsaw pieces & inked them separately, then assembled them back together to make the print. You can see these kinds of shapes in a lot of his work. I really like that kind of ingenuity... he was thumbing his nose at tradition and doing it his own way.

Sorry so inarticulate... more coffee will be necessary.

Mountain Man said...

Hi there. Yes FB, he said those things about his cradle. Those were quotes of his at the start of my post, I couldn't believe it. Maybe you are related - do you not have Norwegian blood in you? It could be.

DS I really like what you say and yes he and Klimt do seem related - cousins of Symbolism, one dark, one ecstatic...hey Corny thanks for liking my post. I love painting you are sweet, I will check out your post on Munch, the dark Norse Bejesus of Symbolism.

Slothy, as usual, excellent sleuthing. You should get a handsome reward.

Anonymous said...

Gladhandsome reward.

sloth said...

best of luck with the bratz this day, MM.

Necrowench said...

This blackened misfit from the bowels of the earth, sprung forth to spread artistic disease and pestilence. His swirlie girlies howl at the moon of his soul to berate his tortured self like the ddarkness of a good Norweigen deathmetal cult.

Regi said...

MM
enjoy

Mountain Man said...

Regi, those are absolutely beautiful photos!! Thanks for the link. Right up my back alleyway. Did you know I was born in England too? Funny. I love the woods hills there, near where me granny lives.

Necrowench, I beseech you, burn yourself on the Norwegian pyre. It will be good and scarlet, crumbling and crisping flesh on the winter death mound. Do you have many tattoos?

Heart As Arena said...

Hey, MM. Of course this reminded me of Scream which of course reminded me of Karen Finley's appropriation of the Scream figure in her new show. Martha is still in bed, but George has awakened in a troubled state looking like Scream because he realizes that he that Osama Bin Laden has entered his body and is actually hiding in his asshole. Oh, the mind of Karen Finley.

necrowench said...

A blast of fire on your pyre, MM. I like it hot. I feel all absurd and insane, spouting all manner of satanic drivel as well as rants about my girlfriend and other evil thoughts. I just tatooed the lyrics to my first single, "Frostburn Upon The Winter Of Mankind's Discontent" on my inner thigh with a Bic ballpoint and a broken Spaten bottle. Other tats include a dolphin jumping over my right nipple regurgitating on Elvis, a photorealistic bruise on my neck and the dayglo Ursa Major on my you know.

krixfort said...

I have often thought that photorealistic tatoos of bruises and scars would be the way to go. Perhaps a tatoo of collagen enhanced lips might be another.

necrowench said...

or a collagen implant of a raised boil, say.

echo said...

hellololololololololol
Is there anybody here?

krixfort said...

boils are even better.

necrowench said...

Yeah, a little straightrazor scarification with hydrochloric acid or just lemon juice, rub a little black ink while healing and you gots you a boil. After that, subdermal saline injections for those special nights out, like say, the Armory opening. Fun.

Mountain Man said...

Krix, maybe you and Necrowench could be friends? I am thinking? Necrowench. You are very fastidious with your information. How did you learn this? Did you go to a trade school or are you more of an autodidact?

necrowench said...

No, MM, I didn't go to school, and I am more of a bikerchick than a carslut, so no autos here. Trial and error, trial and error, I still can't show my left arm in public.

Anonymous said...

MM I think I love you.

necrowench said...

Anonymous, watch out. Everyone does.

Pietro said...

Censi domo materra finestra qua?

Buckshot said...

I am bending forward into the night to see what's coming. My anus is red and flaming, burning a hot flame of spice. It is active, it is dangerous. Like martian chemistry.

randy said...

Is that a scene from "Brokeback Mountain"
I haven't seen it yet.

Anonymous said...

Love in the woods...ahhhhhhhh, boys.

krixfort said...

Pietro, do you know Francesca?

krixfort said...

Necrowench, you are adorable. I am scarring your name on my arm.

necrowench said...

Krixfort, if you are half as demented, damaged, bizarre and brilliant as Mountain Man, you are alright in my book (a rather thick, leather bound treatise on the joys of Satanism and self-mutilation) I discovered MM quite by accident and I can't get enough. He is upright, you know? Sits straight, and that scares alot of people.
Once you encounter MM you might get the impression that there's some sort of humor going on, maybe it's some sort of joke, but be aware this is as troooo and grim as it gets. So serious in fact, that MM has already received numerous death threats from other disgruntled bloggers, the contents of which will provide the concept and story for the upcoming full length album if he so choses.
MM is a massive behemoth of a man, clad in spiked armor and smeared in corpsepaint as he spews all sorts of necro wisdom in a demonic screech WAY up in your head. But all mixed in amdist the evil buzz is a distinct love of man and beast, a true identification with the Other (not the band, pussies), and a faith in the redemptive powers of unrestrained creativity.
Rock on Krixfort, let it bleed.

Mountain Man said...

Huh. Necrowench. Thanks and stuff. I think. You may want to get back into your cage at this point, you sound a little thirsty or something.

Krix, maybe Necrowench is licensed to perform the tattoo likeness upon you. And if not licensed then surely experienced. Do you dare?

necrowench said...

Wow, right as usual MM, I haven't had a drink yet. Sorry for the exuberance.

Mountain Man said...

Hey Necrowench, your exuberance is much needed and appreciated, but your treatise-length post caused me to think you had worn yourself out. Too early for cocktails, but maybe a nice pill will soothe you.

Mountain Man said...

You are very generous to make me so massive in your mind's eye. Truth be told I am humbly proportioned.

necrowench said...

Nay, it's just this internal thing, energy from within, fire all roiling around.
"It's five o'clock somewhere" is what Dad used to say.

Frogs said...

Your dad was right. Try some peppermint schnapps on your ding dong, if you have one. That will calm the roiling waters from within.

krixfort said...

Do I dare? I am sometimes a daredevil. Sometimes with a devil may care attitude. Today I have to go do what the man says though. I'll leave the scarring and tatooing for the weekend or 3 in the morning.

Necrowench, your read on Mountain Man is astute. He is of epic porportions mentally.

Anonymous said...

MM has nice pecs; he must do push-ups or something.

necrowench said...

Dingdong, MM, what kind of wench do you take me for?

necrowench said...

Sorry, that was for Frogs.