Drager Meurtant

Drager Meurtant (1951, The Netherlands) has been active as “composer” and creative writer since 1980. In the more than three decades since his training as as veterinarian-biomedical researcher these creations were in the shape of scientific publications and – in free time – as poems. In more recent years (and learning rapidly) creations took form as sculptures (in particular assemblages), collages, paintings and graphical works. As autodidact and experienced carpenter, the circle saw, the jig-saw, chisel, gouge, hammer is used to handle natural materials (wood, stone) in addition to manufactured (paper, cloth) and construction material (metal, glass, etcetera). Much of the basic elements are from demolition- / remnant materials ("recycling art"). Walking in civilized areas as well as in nature, making photographs is considered complementary in the attempt to catch the world we live in.
Writing: “Assemblages: the entrails explained” in Axon Journal, Issue 9 (Assemblage): http://www.axonjournal.com.au/issue-9/assemblages
Other essays with views or reviews on art: www.dragermeurtant.wordpress.com. and on http://kdoutsiderart.tumblr.com/dragermeurtant
Memberhip:  The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists (US), Artlyst (UK)
Supporter of  Platform Free Fossil Fund: to make culture free from sponsoring by fossil fuel industries (www.fossilfundsfree.org).
The artist has exhibited work in The Netherlands, Germany, The USA; one related publication by Walter van Teeffelen, World artists and their story – 23 – Drager Meurtant, October 8, 2016, 


Fragments
text to artwork:
"Upon sorting / the fragments are assembled. // Even then / does the whole relief / breath the air of separate parts."
(2015, assemblage – collage, wood, board, cement, paint), 33 x 44 x 5 cm

ensemble de metaphores
text to artwork:
"These two halves / taken together / are at greater distance / from one another / than if left apart."
(2015, assemblage (wall-sculpture), wood, metal, paper, paint. recycling material) 48 x 55 x 11 cm

 movement from within
text to artwork:
"When the pieces were seen fit / and fixed in their proper position / the movement was undeniable / as it arose from within."
(2016, assemblage, relief, wood, paper, paint, sand) 50x50x7 cm

Surface
"The surface of no image / can beat the depth / below the reality. // The raw nucleus of nature / does not reveal."
(2017, photograph)

when the going gets tough
text to artwork:
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" / is what they say. // We'll see / where I stand."
(2017, assemblage, recycling material with wood, iron filings, and resin, sand and paint) 31 x 21 x 4 cm.

Jetzt Tout
text to artwork:
"Wir treuen falsche Freunde um mehr Kultur”
(we trust false friends for more culture)

A certain aim
text to artwork:
A movement, / if not circular / is supposed to serve / a particular aim. //
But what, / if a stand still / under the circumstances / is the optimal / condition?
(2017, monoprint, mixed media) size of paper 32x24 cm


Mila Smagliy - painting


 acrylic painting A4


Art Informel: European Abstract Expressionism Karl Otto Götz

Karl Otto Götz (born 22 February 1914), often simply called K.O. Götz, is a German artist, film maker, draughtsman, printmaker, writer and professor of art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He is one of the oldest living and active artists who are older than 100 years of age and is known for his explosive and complex abstract forms. His powerful, surrealist-inspired works have earned him international recognition in exhibitions like documenta II in 1959. Götz has never confined himself to one specific style or artistic field. He also explored generated abstract forms through television art. Götz is one of the most important members of the German Art Informel movement.His works and teachings influenced future artists such as Sigmar Polke, Nam June Paik and Gerhard Richter. Currently, he is living and working in Wolfenacker in the Westerwald since 1975.Wikipedia











Antonio Corpora

Antonio Corpora was born in Tunis on 15 August 1909. There he attended an art academy and studied under Armand Vergeaud until he went to Florence in 1930 to copy Old Master paintings. In 1931 Corpora settled in Paris, where he met Alberto Giacometti and Sergio Signori. Antonio Corpora often returned to Italy and Tunisia, where he co-founded the "Les quatres" group in 1934.
Good contacts to well-known Italian artists, including the group associated with the Galleria del Milione in Milan, enabled him to publish some of his writings. In the 1930s Corpora painted in an abstract style notable for geometric forms and strips of colour.
Late in the 1930s he briefly held a chair in stage design in Bologna but left Italy during the second world war to live in Tunis. On returning to Italy in 1945, Antonio Corpora joined forces with Guttuso, Fazzini et al to found the "Neo-cubista" group. The pictures he produced at that time were under the sway of Braque and Matisse.
In 1947 Corpora became a member of the "Fronte Nuovo delle Arti", which was notable for its social commitment. Late in the 1940s he began to reject Cubist formulae, adopting instead a freer formal idiom that by the 1950s had become Abstract Expressionism.
The work Corpora did in the 1960s can be classified as Informel yet he did not abandon geometric forms entirely until the early 1970s. From 1975 Antonio Corpora worked with a dripping technique on canvases roughened with plaster of Paris and sand, which he coated with vibrant colour. In the 1990s he continued to experiment but ultimately returned to compositions with strips of colour.
Antonio Corpora showed work four times at the Venice Biennale between 1948 and 1956 at the Venice Biennale, and, in 1968, at the Rome Biennale, winning prizes at both. The president of Italy presented him with an award in 2003 and he was made a member of the San Luca Academy.
Antonio Corpora died in Rome on 6 September 2004.(antonio-corpora.com)













Edmondo Bacci

Edmondo Bacci (July 21, 1913 - October 16, 1978) was an Italian painter born in Venice. He is best known for a series of paintings called Avvenimenti. Bacci studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia and was a member of the artist's Movimento Spaziale, a group founded by Lucio Fontana. He began exhibiting internationally in 1956. Bacci took part in the Venice Biennale several times, in 1958 his works were accorded a separate room. From the mid 1950s onwards he was promoted and supported by Peggy Guggenheim.The works of Bacci are represented inter alia in the collections of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Guggenheim Museum, Ca' Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art, Gallerie di Piazza Scala, and Fondazione Querini Stampalia.












 

Ithell Colquhoun - artist, writer, occultist

Ithell Colquhoun (9 October 1906 – 11 April 1988) was a British Surrealist painter and author. She was born in Shillong, Eastern Bengal and Assam, British India. From the 1930s to her death, her work was exhibited widely in Britain and Germany.Margaret Ithell Colquhoun was born in Shillong, Eastern Bengal and Assam, British India. Her parents were Henry Colquhoun, an assistant to the ambassador in Manipur, and his wife Georgia. Colquhoun was educated in Rodwell, near Weymouth, Dorset before attending Cheltenham Ladies' College. There she studied topics such as the cabbala and the occult.Colquhoun did take some art courses, but she was largely self-taught. Colquhoun studied for a period at the Slade School of Art in London, under Henry Tonks and Randolph Schwabe, before travelling to France in 1931. It was in Paris that she discovered surrealism and was especially influenced by the works of Salvador Dalí. Another influence on Colquhoun was the psychomorphological works of Roberto Matta and Onslow Ford. Her first one-woman exhibition of works was at Cheltenham Art Gallery in 1936. Soon after, she joined the political group, Artists' International Association. She took part in the 1939 exhibition Living Art in England on an independent basis, but that same year she met Breton in Paris and joined the English surrealist group. By 1939, Colquhoun had joined the English Surrealist Group and in June she and Rowland Penrose showed their works in a joint exhibition at Mayor Gallery. There they created a scandal by asking a vagrant to sit in the window.







 Colquhoun's early works included a series of enlarged images of flora, occupying the full canvas and painted almost photographically. By the late 1930s, she had painted two significant pieces; Scylla in 1938, whose joined rocks in the water creates the impression of a "feminine opening" whilst also showing phallic imagery, and Rivières tièdes which shows liquids flowing from a Mediterranean church.
In the 1940s, Colquhoun's works were experiments to explore consciousness and the subconscious. She did this by using recognised methods such as decalcomania, fumage, frottage and collage. Colquhoun went further, developing new techniques such as superautomatism, stillomanay, parsemage, and entoptic graphomania writing about them in her article The mantic stain.
Three works which stand out during the 1940s are The Pine Family, which deals with dismemberment and castration, A Visitation which shows a flat heart shape with multicoloured beams of light and Dreaming Leaps, a homage to Sonia Araquistain.Colquhoun did not define herself as a Surrealist artist, as she only too part in a single Surrealist exhibit. Instead she considered herself "independent"Wikipedia