Keeping It Raw

Eva Stenram/Ravenstijn Gallery

KEEPING IT RAW: ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES FOR DEPICTION OF THE EXCESS OF LIFE

The idea that ‘Beauty is the last veil that covers the Horrible,’ to paraphrase the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), clearly resonates in the twisted body shapes and the expressive line of his contemporary Egon Schiele (1890-1908) who, in his paintings and drawings, tried to come to terms with the rawness of human existence. To wit, Schiele was punk long before the word ‘punk’ even existed, drawing on his original vision and unflinching depictions of the naked figure. Today, more than a century later, we can recognize a somewhat similar raw, fleshy and determined report on the painful excess of life in the realm of photography; visual artists focusing on the grimy and libidinous aspects of reality, in their most rudimentary state or form

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Asger Carlsen, Flat New 4
Eva Stenram/ Ravenstijn Gallery