Hard Slide

Hard Slide        
Les Kossatz (b. 1943 – d. 2011)
Sheepskins, aluminium, wood, leather and steel, 1980.

TARBOT: the top sheep is like “oh F**K”

CROE: it does look uncomfortable
though perhaps a nice back massage
the ports in and out make it look like a sequence of similar rooms, one after another

TARBOT: yeah
at first I was wondering if the top sheep and bottom sheep was the same… sheep
real sheepskins, btw
(yay taxidermy)

CROE: so it’s lifesize?
(yes, it’s about 3 x 4 meters)
baaaaahh clunk cuhlunk cuhlunk-lunk-lunk-lunk-lunk

it’s supposed to speak something in regards to/ about the Australian land
(the artist is Australian)
but I didn’t realize sheep were big down there

CROE: i’m now reading about rogue taxidermy

TARBOT: hahahaha
I dunno what that is, but it sounds funny

CROE: it’s stuffing things like “jackalope and the skvader, extinct species, mythical creatures such as dragons, chimeras, griffins, unicorns or mermaids, or may be entirely of the maker’s imagination. Some are made from parts of more than one kind of animal, or they may be artificially created. ”

TARBOT: oh so it’s like when artists paint creatures made out of different animal parts only … this is in 3d

CROE: and perhaps using actual body parts
hehheh, just wait til last post’s artist learns about this



Le Violon d’Ingres

Le Violon d’Ingres (Ingres’s Violin)        
Man Ray (1890 – 1976)
Photographic Print of Paint on a Photographic Print, 1924.

CROE: it’s like photoshop. before there was photoshop.

interesting that she’s got a hat on
or a … turban
or something
classic female shape — good birthing hips
not entirely sure why those particular symbols

CROE: it’s like a violin…
also, the blurb suggests that the title, Le Violon d’Ingres, is a French idiom that means hobby, so playing the violin was Ingres’s hobby, and playing Ingres was the artist’s hobby…

I’m still confused by her hat
maybe she was having a bad hair day
and she insisted on wearing it
and he was like
*shrug * ok

CROE: especially given whatever activity they were likely partaking in immediately prior to the photo
i can see that her hair might not look at its best

TARBOT: hahahahaha

Pelt Merchant of Cairo

Pelt Merchant of Cairo        
Jean-Léone Gérôme (b. 1824 – d. 1904)
Oil on Canvas, 1869

CROE: meow?

TARBOT: more like, pimp merchant of cairo.
and his turban is askew… you know something’s shady

CROE: seriously
i bet he does a nice dance while he takes that pelt off
and when you take the helmet on and off for your adoring fans
it’s gonna mess up your turban

TARBOT: heehee

CROE: i like the contrast between his toes on the left, and the tiger’s toes on the right

TARBOT: who needs a tiger pelt in Egypt anyways?
isn’t it pretty warm already?

CROE: that was what i thought
maybe it’s for a rug?
but then why is he wearing it?
to get in touch with his inner caveman?

More of this enthralling commentary here …


Vanitas Still-life        
Hendrick Andriessen (b. before 1607 – d. 1655)
Oil, circa 1650

CROE: i figured we could go back in time a bit
and i found one that has more bubbles!

TARBOT: so that’s the skull of Jesus?
is that what I’m seeing?

CROE: there does appear to be a crown of some sort on it
but i don’t see any thorns per se

TARBOT: oooh, the artist is in the reflection of the candlestick.
way to make a cameo

CROE: haha

TARBOT: speaking of the real crown — English?

CROE: I’m not sure – the painter is Flemmmish
or Flemish rather
mmm, those Flemish are delicious

TARBOT: mmmm
so passage of time, crowns and skulls… “everyone dies, even kings”?

CROE: yes, i think the bubbles and flowers speak to the ephemeral nature of life

TARBOT: I was just going to say – yeah, flowers are pretty and = life

CROE: so the crown on the skull – i guess that could be emphasizing that even kings die
and it could also be, like you said, a reference to Jesus
perhaps the contrast in crowns is important – like after you die, what does it matter if a crown is of gold or of straw?

TARBOT: oooooooh
it matters if you’re a grave robber
I don’t think straw goes for much nowadays
though people will buy just about anything on eBay

More of this enthralling commentary here …


Leonhard Kern (b. 1588 – d. 1662)
Ivory, Schwäbisch Hall, c. 1650

      Conversation ensues…

    CROE: menschenfresserin eh?
TARBOT: that’s … so disturbing
    CROE: that is a large leg
               where tf did you find that
TARBOT: well the … “woman” looks like a man if you look at her face
               so all around, odd.
    CROE: the word is funny it means maneater but feminine
TARBOT: under “cannibal” in the wiki
    CROE: and fressen is to eat, but how an animal eats
               not how a human eats
               there are different verbs in german
TARBOT: oh how in.te.re.sting
    CROE: essen is for humans
TARBOT: that statue makes funny sense now
    CROE: really? i don’t think so
TARBOT: well she’s a “man eater”
               not necessarily depicting only cannibalism
    CROE: oh!!
TARBOT: haha
    CROE: what do you make of the child?
               like, why include it?
TARBOT: yeah it’s weird that part I dunno
    CROE: to insinuate sex?
TARBOT: maybe to serve as a warning to all little boys
    CROE: that she’s eating the father?
               that she’s ok with boys, but not men?
               i like the warning
               ok, from now on it should be part of sex ed
TARBOT: well… again, “man” … “eater” so she’s not a “boy” … “eater”