Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Quirky Valentine

How Still My Heart, 1955
17.5 x 24 inches
Cabro print
2010

In honor of Valentine's Day (oh, and because there is a mountain of research and tree pictures I have yet to sort through), I'm posting just a few pieces from the art of McDermott & McGough - photos and paintings - ending with a brief documentary about their work.  There's lots more, of course, at their website.  Somehow they manage to convey much of the conflict that is inherent in living life as a human in any era, I suppose, but especially now.  They explore trees and cars, the shallow transience of love and the persistance of dreams and ideas, the lure of our modern time and the impulse to escape it, the romance of decay and decadence.  Well, that's what I get out of it anyway - your thoughts welcome!
Shocked to read that Jesus Christ associated with the Poor and Humble, 1927
10 x 8 inches
Cyanotype
1989
Good Luck-You'll Need It, 1889
244 x 183 cm
Oil on linen with small white panel and string
1989
The Lyre Player, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, 1865
24 x 20 inches
Salt Print
1994
Reflections On A Convertible Car, 1958
18 x 23 3/4 inches
Cabro Print
2007 
And high delicious revelry, 1917
23 5/8 x 17 7/8 inch
Cyanotype
2010
Portrait of Nancy
63 x 45 inches
Oil on Linen
1995/1996
What transcripts of my weal and woe, 1917
17 7/8 x 23 5/8 inch
Cyanotype
2010 
After All My Prayers Are Answered, 1996
60 x 48 inches
Oil on Linen
2008
Nor through eternity grows cold, 1917
23 5/8 x 17 7/8 inch
Cyanotype
2010

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