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Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:17 am
Look! A kitten! At Motto!

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)

It's a shame that nearly all black pen line drawing (and anything handwritten in capital letters) these days gets referred back to the Great God Shrigley, as if he is the only possible reference point, no-one had ever done such a thing before and he was shot down to earth to educate us in the ways of line n' joke. There's obviously a sense to it because he has been so -oh god I have to say that word- influential, but Isabelle Boinot's work looks like a lot of other work (esp. in contemporary illustration) before it looks like his. For an example see the Neil Fox illustration accompanying the Amis book review in your beloved Guardian today. Boinot's stuff is not really my bag, but there is a quality to it, and a different precision and labour behind the knowing naiivity than Shrigley's. And the all important humour element is not off-the cuff a-la DS, that being the thing that -whether or not you enjoy his humour of course- sets him apart from any disciples and copyists. But there are also aesthetic neighbours, and those caught in the large shadow he casts despite the possibility that they may have been working the land prior to it becoming overcast. To say nothing of prescedents -Sean Landers, Philip Guston (esp. his 'poem paintings'), early Sigmar Polke drawings, amongst others.


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imomus
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imomus
Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)

Isabelle Boinot's work looks like a lot of other work (esp. in contemporary illustration) before it looks like his. For an example see the Neil Fox illustration accompanying the Amis book review in your beloved Guardian today.

Here's Fox, followed by Shrigley and Boinot:


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)

the subject matter is similar, the approach and style is very different.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)

sorry, I mean between Shrigley and Boinot. I wouldn't think of DS if I saw that drawing alone, or a series of her drawings like that one. Of course it depends on the examples chosen, but I would place Fox and Boinot closer than Shrigely with either.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)

Line weight and texture are so meaninkful it changes the future for millionss.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)

yes, just like not playing a guitar solo as opposed to playing one, or the latest 'urban' beat development, or misspelling words as opposed to spelling them correctly.


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fishwithissues
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jordan fish
Wed, Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)

Certain art just has an almost scientific amount of "you hate me" which is often playful and related to "the all-important humor factor" and surprisingly more commercial than the "more commercial" artists who may very well have worked harder and succeeded less and/or more on various ppls terms. I mean if a dude's illustrating (in Illustrator) for The Guardian, why should one care that Shrigley is funnier/soulfuler?


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