by Vanya Bagaev
I enjoyed this piece. I think there’s a sweet spot between realism and abstraction. Between boring quotidian representation and abject weirdness. I see the benefits of employing defamiliarization in one’s creative work, in order to help the audience see things as you do, in your own unique way. But then some artists aim solely for novelty or shock value to gain attention, and such efforts seem more like cries for attention than novel expression.
John P. Weiss perfectly expresses my own thoughts about this most excellent essay!
I think deconstructing, defamiliarization (whatever we want to call it) was the idea behind turning reference material upside-down in drawing/painting.