Sunday, September 20, 2015

BEAUTY: Painting--Frank Mesaric

The arresting work of Frank Mesaric features empty, realistic settings charged with meaning under a ghostly superimposition of a black and white version of a famous Baroque painting. The pairings seem to be loosely linked in a kind of stream-of-consciousness way. The Beheading of Halofernes by Caravaggio floats over a leather sofa. A maritime rescue vessel puts out a fire while Georges De La Tour's Magdalene with the Smoking Flame sits nearby. Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson hovers ominously over a stripped hospital bed in an empty corridor. And finally, and most chillingly, Supper at Emmaus appears next to an F-117 fighter among what must be the burning Kuwaiti oil fields from the Gulf War.

Top to bottom: Couch and The Beheading of Halofernes; Deep Water and St. Mary Magdelene with the Smoking Flame; Entry Door and The Inspiration of Saint Matthew; F-117 Night Hawk and Supper at Emmaus; Fulham Railway Crossing and Dead Christ; Hospital Bed and The Anatomy Lesson; Passage Window and Christ Embracing Saint Bernard; Bridge at Tarraville and The Virgin Mourning Christ

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