I've received a nomination to replace the post of my favorite artist. That post hasn't seen a lot of action; there's something awkward about having a favorite artist so I don't think about it much. The current post-holder has been Jean-Paul Riopelle since about 2000, when I saw his work “Hommage a Rosa Luxemburg” at levitra sale the Musee Nationale des Beaux Arts du Quebec. He spray-painted over objects placed on canvas, including notably some birds and fish, in a mural that wraps around and through several rooms. The effect of the simple technique is raw and emotionally intense. If it were easy to explain it wouldn't be such a great painting. Detail:
But I came across this guy, Jonathon Keats (via GOOD), and I think that he deserv
es at least consideration for the title. He is vaulted into the running thanks to his 2007 piece: John Cage's 4'33″ as a ringtone. Brilliant! I can't find the ringtone now, but you can make it yourself by purchasing the song and then following these instructions. (Although for some reason that version of the song, which is the only John Cage version on iTunes that includes all three parts, is 4'38″ long… that might ruin it for you.)
Keats also deserves mention for his most recent work, “Pornography for God“, which presents live feed of graphic representations of data from the Large Hadron Collidor in shrines. It looks cool.
Now that I've thought about this, I think that Riopelle keeps his title. He is not merely clever but beautiful.
Previously, on Hard Consonant: