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Being in museum M in Leuven I also had the chance to see a nice overview of the drawings from the American graphic novelist and illustrator Charles Burns. I have seen some of his comic books before which I borrowed from the library. Not always that appealing; horror without any doubt, but having a closer look to his drawings in a bigger context – even covering a wall of about 8 meters long – I do find his work quite impressive. It’s the way he draws hatches as texture in facial expressions, hair and other small details. It’s obvious he has a lot of experience, it takes a lot of practice to come to such an evolved style.

Charles Burns; Black Hole 1

Charles Burns, Black Hole

I do recognize his early influence by MAD magazine and the cartoons from R. Crumb, of which I read some myself. What I most         appreciate is the black & white drawings as in these you do clearly see the structure and hatches. It was also shown in this exposition how Burns did evolve his drawings and it did take him quite some sketches to get to the eventual result… Maybe too polished after all?

Another cartoonist for this kind of hatched cartoons is of course Frank Miller, which most of us do know as a film director, but maybe I drift of too polished and commercial? Although I did read and really like most of his cartoons! As an opposite to this I can highlight the more rough and spontaneous: Raymond Pettibon. What might define spontaneous and rough art is that you know the artist makes an instant well drawn or painted piece of art or composition. Not perfectly polished, but very personal, a true personal style. Is this ability – which does require quite some practice or talent – more valuable than working for a long time on a certain painting or drawing to come to a ‘perfect’ result? Just for your comparison to think about this issue:

Raymond Pettibon (untitled)


Video burp

Maybe some video art is not much more than a burp that you pass by and do not recall the next day, but of course there are many exceptions. The first video that quite impressed me was Home 1 and Home 2 from the Swiss artist Olaf Breuning. I saw his two movies in beginning 2009 in Hessenhuis, Antwerp. Exhibition: ‘A meeting between the tragic and the funny’ In which one of my favorite Belgian artists Dennis Tyfus was joining as well.

Image from Mika Rottenbergs movie Squeeze

Today another video artist managed to impress me! Mika Rottenberg an Argentinian born artist (raised in Israel living currently in NY city) is showing seven of her video works in museum M in Leuven.

What she does in her movie  ‘Squeeze’ is according to me quite innovative…She manages to bring people from different parts of the world, from different traditions together in one composition. She brings the materials the people are working with together, it is the way the people communicate through shared tasks, not words. The images brought together create a new world, a new, absurd maybe even dadaist reality in your head. It comes really close, through the quite beautiful way the structure and sounds from the materials they use are brought into picture…in an abstracted way, clear without loosing it’s essence; knowledge.                         

Anyway you should try and experience it as well..

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