Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"Breakfast" by L; marker on damp paper

In the early days of the “Surrealist Revolution”, it was believed impossible to adapt this new way of thinking to the artist’s canvas. Too much rational thought and censorship by self-conscious artists would run counter to the spontaneous nature of the movement. And then you come upon a piece like L’s soul-crushing “Breakfast” and you realize that a painter is capable of moving the hand absolutely free of the mind. It is stunningly clear to even the untrained eye that the artist created this piece in some blissfully unaware trance. The shapes too obtuse, the patterns too unbalanced to be planned, considered, or possibly even seen by the human eye. If dreams could paint, mes amis, you have now seen their masterpiece.

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