Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What a poor excuse for a painting...

Untitled (painting II)
Saul Fletcher 2005 tempera on canvas

Dimensions: overall 11.875 x 16 inches
Inscriptions: in black ink on reverse, to stretcher bar member "Saul Fletcher 05 II"; N.A.
Classification: Paintings
Physical Description: A stylized landscape.
Owner: Walker Art Center
Accession Number: 2006.46
Credit Line: T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2006

When i first saw this work in the "Benches and Binoculars" show at the Walker It caught my eye in an odd way . This piece appeared very small and although I liked the colors there was nothing appealing with the overall composition. This piece was intended to be a stylized landscape the first problem I have is that this is technically a bad painting no matter what style it is intended to be. The composition is to small for how abstract the painting is. Doing some research I found that technically Saul Fletcher is a pretty talented artist working in different mediums. So why is it that this piece is so unappealing and why is it that the Walker would want this in a show that consist of famous well known work. The main reason I can think of why Saul Fletcher would make this piece is to represent his disgust with the actual landscape by painting a disgusting version of that landscape. this painting does make me want to disregard the actual landscape. I know this is art, it must have an objective even if that objective is art for art sake and it has a visual component. This piece was just poorly executed and in my opinion does not belong in a museum setting.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with you. This piece and all aspects of it are strange to me, and because of that I wouldn't even be interested in finding out the artists meaning. Although I do like your idea that maybe the artist found this place disgusting and so thats exactly how he wanted to paint it.