Comments on: Painter Painter: Dan Perfect and Fiona Rae http://abstractcritical.com/note/painter-painter-dan-perfect-and-fiona-rae/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Annie http://abstractcritical.com/note/painter-painter-dan-perfect-and-fiona-rae/#comment-933274 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:40:51 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=8148#comment-933274 I don’t think he gets the painting, abstract is not for everyone, at least we get to enjoy it!!

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By: This Hydra Made of Paint http://abstractcritical.com/note/painter-painter-dan-perfect-and-fiona-rae/#comment-557163 Fri, 16 May 2014 12:49:34 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=8148#comment-557163 While Perfects paintings seem exciting on the screen in person they always leave me a little flat. These are paintings of real things masquerading as paintings which aren’t. I like the original drawings more than the paintings. I would be more interested to see how he would fill a canvas unaided so to speak. Whether that would be possible on such a large scale and to such a dizzying and yet still cohesive extent is anothe matter.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/note/painter-painter-dan-perfect-and-fiona-rae/#comment-556706 Fri, 16 May 2014 09:57:42 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=8148#comment-556706 If one is attempting perfect random form generation, like De Kooning, whose trip ended in madness, as he came out the other side trying to delineate aesthetic structure in a few brushtrokes, Dan perfect’s paintings are in essence, the same artistic struggle, the ultimate nightmare of which, is apparitions of heads in the paint, the unhappy accidents of random visual data. It is difficult to escape one’s most base identification at work, here Dan Perfect seems to have bottomed out at that level, by putting what look like eyes, among the shapes. I don’t like this, but some have started off similar, paint a big stupid face, start off there.
Fabien Marcaccio is another ‘put all hell and everything in the work’ to lay the gauntlet down to the gods of random form resolution. Nigel Cooke has gone one step further, putting actual painted heads among 5th rate Jason Martin paint structures, as if to mock the whole modernist game with bathos. Thing is, that’s easy, it’s easy to subvert, not so easy to integrate or transcend. I’m a firm believer in some sort of random order, a greater overview, I think both Rae and Perfect do to. There is a logic to this, there is at least one transcendental order to be had because on one level absolutely everything resolves as form representation according to shape/form logic. I’ve been on this journey myself and I’m still on it. I’ve made similar marks to the large white line in the top right hand corner of ‘Lacoon’. One has a vision of order, some sort of line indicating the form, could articulate it, artists rushes to canvas in a frenzy makes the mark, it works as the artist drags the brush across the canvas and the imagery unfolds, but that’s a stoner’s vision and the end result is poor. I think Rae is less adventurous, more wise, more structure. Both artists ‘having a go’ though, I applaud that,(though it will end in tears).

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By: jenny meehan http://abstractcritical.com/note/painter-painter-dan-perfect-and-fiona-rae/#comment-555003 Thu, 15 May 2014 21:07:08 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=8148#comment-555003 Now, er, I am not quite sure about this, and I hope I am not assuming anything here, but I just have this slight little sense, that just might be true, that there is a possibility that you don’t like this painting much? Am I right here?

Not sure? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Urm.

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By: jenny meehan http://abstractcritical.com/note/painter-painter-dan-perfect-and-fiona-rae/#comment-554993 Thu, 15 May 2014 21:03:44 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=8148#comment-554993 Seeing “Does Now Exist?” has really enhanced my day!

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/note/painter-painter-dan-perfect-and-fiona-rae/#comment-536996 Fri, 09 May 2014 15:11:22 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=8148#comment-536996 “There are no happy accidents to be found on a Perfect canvas.”

No, indeed. All the accidents in these works look most unhappy. These poor little calamities look like they have been left to flounder, gratuitously herded together in photoshop with no intelligent conception of why they exist, or why anyone would want to transcribe such sad little mites onto large and expensive oil-on-canvas pseudo-imitation-abstract-paintings; and even then, having got them into that most mutable of mediums, oil paint, chosen to do nothing whatsoever to aid these poor mini-tropes-of-misfortune by knocking the unhappiness right out of them.

Cruel.

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