Monday, January 5, 2015

George Condo by Adam Rivera

1. Artist: George Condo 
3. Subject matter: People's psychological states 
4. Elements of art: Form, Shape, and Color 
5. Principles of design: Emphasis
6. Mood or Feeling: His artwork is usually unsettling, grotesque, and dark in atmosphere. 
7. What is the artwork about?
George Condo: "I describe what I do as psychological cubism, Picasso painted a violin from four different perspectives at one moment. I do the same with psychological states. Four of them can occur simultaneously."  "It's what I call artificial realism. That's what I do. I try to depict a character's train of thoughts simultaneously – hysteria, joy, sadness, desperation. If you could see these things at once that would be like what I'm trying to make you see in my art."
       I like Condo's art because he paints and draws what he sees in people's personalities. He does not illustrate their outward appearance, but what's bubbling deep inside of the person, the ugliness that everyone tries to hide, the dark underbelly of the individual. The external output of a functioning member of society mixing or rather churning with the internal  protected expression of truth and opinion. I believe that he does a wonderful job of representing these ideas and bringing them to light from the dark recesses of the human mind. 
8. Why do you feel this artist is worth sharing? 
I like the originality of his artwork, although he is influenced by other artists such as Picasso, Kooning, and Rembrandt he makes art that is original. Condo creates portraits of people with a twisted and demented insight and through the use of cartoons to solidify the idea of character or multiple characters. 

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