Here and now

Posted on April 24, 2011 by Hans Aarsman

Is it a painting? The frame is painterly, the subject too, a 17th century still life. 
It’s not a painting, it’s a photograph. 
So it can’t be 17th century.
So it is regressive, like art photography often is nowadays, repeating the old themes, assisted by digital manipulation.
Look carefully now. Doesn’t the dark grey tablecloth look remotely familiar? It’s a plastic bin bag, just torn from the roll, the folds unmistakably plastic bin bag folds. The plates are made of plastic too. The lemon, the cans, everything is made of plastic. Close examination will reveal the casting seams. The fish in inflatable.
This doesn’t celebrate the old, it celebrates the here and now.
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