The project wants to establish a relation between classical painting and contemporary practice. I start with selecting a section of a classic work and then use some of the forms and the structures and re-interpret them in the new context.
This appropriation is not simply a way to use material that is surrounding us (image) but it is aiming to create a relation between the works.
This should raise question on the way that sometimes these paintings are idealised and perceived as if they were detached from history. By using them just as images I want to undermine their status and their idealisation.
By doing this the original work will take back some of its quality as a painting made by a person, without any superimposition of meaning that often derive from ideological and political intention. This reflects a more general concern regarding the way we perceive history and the way it’s idealised.
In a broader sense a critique of historicism and the view of the past as a continuum of progress, as portrayed in Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History”.
While using a medium as painting, this hopefully will underline how aesthetic values have changed, not only within the artistic context.
The approaches to the painting medium are as open as possible, both in the techniques that will be used and in the imagery I choose, that include use of symbols, numbers, letters, geometrical structures and element of popular culture.
All these elements will relate in different ways, creating a possibility of relations that is up to the viewer to interpret.
Human figures are depersonalised, without a face, both referring to an impersonal idealisation of human and on the way some of our persona is subjugated by society structures.