☛ Galeria Plan B: “Pie Fight Study 2” by Adrian Ghenie, oil on canvas, 55 x 59 cm, 2008 (© Adrian Ghenie)
From the Liverpool Biennial 2008 website:
Adrian Ghenie is a young Romanian painter whose works demonstrate his fascination with history and the trauma of dictatorship. The sources for his images are derived from a combination of his own personal memories and from historical books, archives and both documentary and fictional film.
Ghenie plunders visual history via disparate avenues – archives, history books, cinema, painting, YouTube and Google – to build his dense, multi-layered paintings. His preparations are intriguing in their ebb and flow between fact and fabrication. Once images are selected from different modes of representation, Ghenie creates collages with printed images that are overworked and embellished in paint. Sometimes he turns stills into cardboard models, creating a kind of mini film set, tangible, with shifting light and relative scale. (read more)
What interests me in the particular painting shown above, is the cream: 1) it’s not so much covering the face as it is the face itself, unrecognizable, undone, unordered and 2) it’s used in such a way that it seems to exhibit the quality of the medium itself: in this case: oil painting. This face “defaced” by a cream pie seems to be inviting me to think about the fact that it’s not a face, but the painting of a face. This kind of reflection ―the way the medium tends to show itself for what it is― is often view as a characteristic of modern art. The fact that the character in Ghenie’s painting seems to lose his identity in the process makes it even more interesting. In a way, it’s reminiscent, of what happens to the character played by Robin William in Woody Allen’s movie Deconstructing Harry (1997)
At the Galeria Plan B there are 24 more artwork by Ghenie. Here are some more resources on the Internet about him:
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