We scurried ourselves to the rhythm of the subway, pushing our way to the concrete ways of New York. Each gallery we visited was like a haven away from the hurried life of the street. Each haven secured a unique art, awaiting the eyes of appetent viewers.
The art of William Kentridge is striking, enigmatic and intensely pursuing. The way in which he works with the charcoal is essential to making his art as strong as it is. The materials, the tools, which is the charcoal and the surface of the paper, is truly an extension of his hand and his mind’s message. His control and his honesty to himself is what makes his work as powerful as it is. There is a sense of nostalgia in his work, his political and social messages can be felt through every tier of society.
I connected deeply to his animated film ” Moving Tides” as I will discuss further, the use of human and animal rights in art is a theme which is inspiring to my own work, and something I strongly care about.” I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain ending – an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check, and nihilism at bay.” -William Kentridge. He has found this need deep inside of him that calls for him to realize it and act it out on paper. Kentridge’s films are lovingly done. His precise and obsessive attention to detail and timing is very important in creating these films yet he also allows for certain nuances to peek through. On display in the gallery were his individual drawings that were filmed as part of the series of images put together. It was very interesting to see these beginning stages, I liked their roughness and raw character. The film is very substantial and complete. His work is almost like a passage, a rich and mellow journey that holds many “animated” touches. (He’s a funny guy!) This work I see as innovative. His drawing is sensitive, the erasures are equally as …