"There is something liberating about not having to deal with problematic and chaotic issues such as the personal. For those appropriating Minimalism’s appearance, the goal is to make a good-looking product that reaffirms the death of painting, the death of the author and the death of originality without coming right out and saying it. If you are well bred enough, it seems that you can have your cake and eat it too. After all, we have not yet reached the point in the narrative that proclaims the death of the art director."
Matsuyama, Japan 2013
Clipper Maid of the Seas, 1989, Oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm
“The figures in Tim Eitel’s paintings appear isolated, immersed in themselves, introverted, often in total opposition to their surroundings. They move through oddly sterile worlds as though encapsulated in an invisible bubble.
On December 21, 1988, a Boeing 747-100, registration N739PA, named Clipper Maid of the Seas, was blown up as it flew over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Two hundred and seventy people from twenty-one countries died, including eleven people on the ground.
Eitel, only seventeen at the time, was on holiday with friends in Scotland and spending the night of December 21, 1988, at a bed & breakfast in Lockerbie. The scenes he lived through that fateful night left an indelible mark on his consciousness.”
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Franciszek Starowieyski (1930-2009)
(Poster for production of Alban Berg’s opera in Bonn, Germany)
Living in Greenpoint, I am often reminded how I almost devoted my career to studying Polish art history. Instead, I chose painting and moved to Tokyo. Nonetheless, It would not have been a poor decision, and I would have enjoyed being able to talk to my neighbors.
Starowieyski is my favorite of the Polish Poster artists. He was also the first Polish artist to have a solo exhibit in the MoMA (1985).