Local Heart, Global Soul

December 16, 2012

The Detail of a Dilemma… Is This to my Taste or Not?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This summer Himself and I went to an art exhibition to see the work of artist Eva Murakeözy at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK) which translates into English as “Royal Academy of Art”.

The Academy is a complex amalgamation of old and new buildings with the main entrance at Prinsessegracht 4 near the centre of the Hague and there are regular exhibitions from artists working in all manner of mediums and styles.

It’s actually a pity that I have a medical appointment to go to so we will only have time to see a fraction of the work on offer, but we knew of Eva via via and heard that her work would be featured as one of the exhibits so we wanted to at least see hers whilst the exhibition was still running.

Eva works with very fine black pens, starting with detailed images and building, growing them into massive artworks.

Since I’m a detail fanatic I’m sure this would appeal: and in the end, yes I love love the detail but am personally less comfortable with the “whole” in the end result.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

My own style is more realistic and structured in a more traditional way, so when I studied Art I never did particularly well when attempting to complete  abstract work and I completely failed the cartooning module of the course.

Just as I like to write long sentences in my prose, I also like to draw many lines in my drawing so skinning a subject down to the bare bones and showing it in it’s purest, simplest form with as few lines as possible (the brief  given) was an anathema to me.

Eva’s work shows a mixture of detail and abstraction that makes me want to look at some of her pieces all day long in order to decipher it all, but on the other hand I couldn’t personally live with this on my wall because the abstract elements are so “not me”.

Personal taste is everything of course…

As an Introduction to her work Eva writes:

“Eva Murakeözy
The main theme of my work is growth: my experience of life as an ever-growing multi-level movement.

Growth is guided by the dual principles of diversification and reduction, of outward radiation and inward one-centeredness, of activity and passivity, of the creepiness of instinct and the straightness of logic.

There is a personal struggle to bring both principles in harmony.”

It’s good to stretch your artistic horizons,  even if you think “you already know what you like”,  someone might give you something new and expected to like one day, so every opportunity to  explore and new artistic avenue should be taken.

Like a new food not everything you try will be to your taste but you will be richer and wiser of having tasted it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

…and then I zoom in…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

These started off as ears…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

5 Comments »

  1. Well, it’s certainly…interesting stuff 🙂

    Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — December 16, 2012 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  2. The detail is fantastic – I like it. 🙂

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — December 16, 2012 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  3. I love the chaos!

    Comment by Doggy's Style — December 16, 2012 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  4. Wow that’s talent. I thought that one picture was supposed to be a pair of lungs, but I see the ears now.

    Comment by Katrina Begg — December 19, 2012 @ 5:55 am | Reply

  5. I like the last few, from the ear-lungs on down, but that larger one — eh, I don’t know. I think I’d just get bored trying to decipher it.

    But I like your analogy that trying new art is like trying new food. Very true!

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — December 19, 2012 @ 1:01 pm | Reply


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