Friday, January 11, 2008

Farmer of Patterns

A real inspiration of late has been New York artist, Alexander Gorlizki. (Click image (left) to show detail.) According to contributing editor, Laura Eden, in the latest issue of Decor, Gorlizki considers himself a "farmer of patterns". Pithy. Gorlizki deconstructs the elements of traditional Indian folk art miniatures and recombine them into surreal whimsies with an almost comic flair.

What resonates with me most about Gorlizk's work is that the original drawings he uses are not at all humorous thematically, yet he converts their original elements from one thing into another, one that has completely different meaning. He turns stale scenarios into stills from Monty Python!

What a simple, yet loaded message. This, for me, is reminiscent of the corny old adage, "When life hands you lemons....make lemonade."

Sometimes we are faced with challenging, even ugly circumstances that can initially appear insurmountable. However, with a little deconstruction followed by careful reconstruction, the results can exemplify "life crafting" of an entirely new work of art....a whole lot better than the original.

Stacy Alexander