Thursday, January 30, 2014

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We’re still going through files looking for studio photographs to put up on OTN IN (and out of) THE STUDIO. In the Julian Dashper section we found photos from 1989 of him mimicking the poses famous artists had taken in their portraits. Someone said recently that it's hard to get Dashper without knowing some art history and these pics tend to put brackets around that remark. Julian loved being part of art's big story and reveled in the idea that there was a link between what he was doing and what artists like Jackson Pollock did. Here he is doing image karaoke of (from top to bottom, left to right) Mark Rothko, Julian Schnabel, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and bottom right, Julian Dashper. If you saw the play Red about Mark Rothko that played around New Zealand you'll recognise at least one of these classic poses.