Benjamin Vierling "Sacred Heart" sketch
Seattle is killing me with great art right now. Between the Ron Regé, Jr. show at Fantagraphics, the Franz von Stuck up at the Frye, and now this Benjamin Vierling retrospective opening at the Gage Academy of Art, I'm stuffing my ears with wax and lashing myself to the mast in order to resist buying a plane ticket there to see it all in person. I've posted about Vierling a couple of times already, as he seems to have one foot firmly planted in fine art soil and the other floating in the aetheric plane. His works are lavishly colored (the above sketch notwithstanding), and laden with flora and fauna, symbol and myth, while still feeling contemporary. Medusa, scythes, eggs, crows, Renaissance-y maidens, vanitas vignettes, and tiny beasts comfortably and cohesively co-populate his painted world. How I'd love to see them all in person:
Included in the show is the Portrait of Joanna Newsom, which will be publicly displayed for the first time. The painting of Newsom was featured on the cover of her critically acclaimed album, Ys. Utilizing painting techniques found in traditional renaissance portraiture, the composition synthesizes mythology, symbolism, and folklore with a uniquely contemporary subject.
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"What makes the act of painting so profound is the actual process of seeing and rendering; the bridge from eye to hand. It’s an endeavor that literally evokes an inchoate vision and gives it a physical presence. The art lies in tempering inspiration with the structure of technique." B.A.Vierling