Saturday, December 27, 2008

Have an Eye-Opening Weekend

I came across these lovely, bizarre cubist fashion photographs by Torkil Gudnason and just had to share them...and of course, because I am a bit research-happy, I had to find some Picasso portraits and a cubist poem to complement them. The thing that is most fascinating to me about cubism is the notion that an artist can paint (or write) multiple perspectives and angles simultaneously --that somehow by representing all the many pieces of a person or thing, you can create a whole. Of course, this is impossible, but the very attempt is radical and eye-opening...and strangely beautiful.
I hope you have an eye-opening weekend!!

Cigarette papers datebook and tobacco pouch
Ought to be like painting

Still And literature
A hairless head
Eyes straight
A flat nose a plane
On the forehead

My portrait
My heart beats
It's an alarm clock

In the mirror
I'm full length
My head smokes
[STILL LIFE-PORTRAIT by Paul Reverdy, c. 1920's]


Anonymous said...

these are pretty cool! :)

La C.

Anonymous said...

these are pretty cool! :)

La C.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I love the result of this... kind of intriguing ;)

cable_zombie said...

These...okay, might not be my cup of tea, but it's an amazing idea. They're some of the most interesting fashion photos I've seen in a while, incorporating an idea/ideal into the piece, rather than just taking pretty pictures! :)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Very nice comparisons. Cubist artwork fascinates me.

Couture Carrie said...

What an incredible post! I had never seen cubist photography befpre, and I am enthralled - love the juxtaposition with the Picassos!


AsianCajuns said...

This is an awesome post! I love cubism. I think it's because you can't take the subjects too seriously. I love the photos!

SOS! said...

These are amazing interpretations of his work..

xx-LJ from SOS

[Tara] said...

lacouturier -- thanks!!

tamara -- It just kind of happened, but the juxtaposition works!

cable zombie -- yeah, cubism isn't my favorite art movement, but the idea behind it is intriguing...

couture allure -- me too; it is both ugly and beautiful.

couture carrie -- I had never seen anyone try to do cubist photography before either -- such a strange idea, but it seems pretty do-able in the digital age.

asian cajuns -- thanks my dears -- i'm glad you enjoyed!

SOS -- thanks ladies!

michiko said...

Cool photos! Look great with the paintings.