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Saturday, March 1, 2008

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posted by on March 1 at 10:30 AM

Marcus Gannuscio’s Neil (2008), oil on canvas, 38 by 32 inches

At Davidson Contemporary.

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i will never understand why people devote that much time and effort into minute realistic detail just to paint something that is pretty boring

Posted by um | March 1, 2008 11:02 AM

mo rocca?

Posted by jake | March 1, 2008 11:08 AM

@1: Art is what what artists do, despite what you think is not worth doing.

I find it delightful. This is stunning superrealism!

Posted by raindrop | March 1, 2008 11:13 AM


Thank you. I was like "who does that LOOK like....??"

Posted by Non | March 1, 2008 11:35 AM

I like the bottles.

Posted by Fnarf | March 1, 2008 11:49 AM

Reminds me of Manet's
Bar at the Folies-Bergère.

Posted by poltroon | March 1, 2008 1:01 PM


Obsessing over painting every wood-shaving was a criticism made of Millais' 1850 Christ in the House of His Parents, and by extension, all of the pre-Raphaelites, in their Asperger's-like attention to banal detail. But a lot of people still go for that kind of thing; look at the popularity of The Lord of the Rings. Pages and pages describing the relief carved in some dude's buttons and belt buckle, and then millions of dollars spent bringing every one of that dude's ornate buttons to life on the big screen. Kind of sick, if you ask me.

Posted by elenchos | March 1, 2008 1:14 PM

a beautiful craft does not equal beautiful art.

its the same as a metal band with extremely complicated instrumentals not equalling good music.

detailed paintings can be beautiful, don't know if this is or not, though i do admire the perspective changes of his body as he is leaning forward

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 1, 2008 1:53 PM

I also like the bottles...and the countertop.

Posted by Hernandez | March 1, 2008 2:36 PM

My (recently deceased) partner was a well-known realist portraiture artist, and I was always blown away by his ability to catch the "soul" of the subject. This painter has the same gift, albeit to a lesser degree--I knew immediately it was paint, where some of my partner's pieces weren't as obvious.

This is a good representation of "mundane, everyday life" as art. Think "Nighthawks" for a comparison.

Posted by Wolf | March 1, 2008 4:20 PM

Damn. Jake@2 beat me to it.

Posted by Big Sven | March 1, 2008 4:38 PM

If you want that much realism get a camera instead.

Posted by RainMan | March 1, 2008 4:56 PM

@12: I used to think that too, until I spent 20 years in a relationship with someone who could paint a portrait that was photorealistic in less time than it took to shoot a photo and have it developed.

Obviously he wasn't as fast as digital--but there's something physical and tactile about skillfully arranged paint on a canvas that no photo can come near. It's a rare gift, to be able to paint life as life really is.

Posted by Wolf | March 1, 2008 5:49 PM

I love the style but hate the subject. The look of superiority on that guy's face stirs feelings of inadequacy.

Damned hipsters.

Posted by Ryan | March 1, 2008 6:37 PM

I'll have a shot of twenty of your tears and a teaspoon of mini marshmallows.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 1, 2008 7:11 PM

Christian from Project Runway?

Posted by unregistered user | March 1, 2008 8:51 PM

perhaps i'm anticipating the show tomorrow, but the subject of that painting really resembles stephen malkmus

Posted by Captain Underpants | March 2, 2008 9:29 PM

@16: No way. Not even a mild resemblance. The Mo Rocca comparisons are more apt.

Also, I like the painting. As someone with a bar in my house (downstairs in the rumpus room, natch), I think it would look rather charming hanging there.

Posted by Aislinn | March 3, 2008 12:53 AM

It's not like photo realism. What the fuck? use a camera? you're an idiot. This painting is awsome, just enough painterly, just enough realism. just enough exagerated movement in the guys shirt and in the bottles.

Posted by sativa19thstreet | March 3, 2008 6:48 AM

for once, Jen has posted something I like...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 3, 2008 9:31 AM

@6, my thought exactly.

Posted by Emily | March 3, 2008 11:41 AM

It's a cool painting. It's realistic enough that it jogs you into thinking about the craft that went into its making. The colors are wonderful as well.

Posted by Greg | March 3, 2008 12:01 PM

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