romanticism, realism and dadaism

Growing up in a home which was full of designer furniture and modern, abstract art, and being so fond of comic books, I guess it’s no wonder, that some of the first art I felt attracted to was the drowning Ophelia of Waterhouse and Millais and the Pre-Raphaelites.

The Pre-Raphaelites are hard to place on the art map – they have some of the hallmarks of a modern art movement, while at the same time being rather old fashioned, into mimesis, myths and nature. They were supposedly inspired by romantic poetry.

I think I used to be of a very romantic nature (maybe it was from watching too many Errol Flynn movies) – but finding myself increasingly disillusioned with the world, it was also the clash between romanticism and realism that interested me the most when I was studying literature at university. I wrote about Flaubert & Madame Bovery for that same reason.

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This movie still is from the Czech movie “Tri Orisky Pro Popelku” (Three nuts for Cinderella) by Vaclav Vorlicek. It was another one of my favorites when I was a child. It’s a fairytale with a twist, since Cinderella pretends to be a man for the greater part of the movie.

Irony is supposed to be a central thing for my so-called post-modern generation. To me it made perfect sense that being a fan of Monty Python and the Knights who say Ni! would extend itself into appreciating DADAism once I reached university. I’m still a big fan of Tzara‘s dadaist manifesto.

I think I could perhaps explain myself best in the guise of postmodernism, since I have never really stopped jumping genres. In a way I feel like certain things are best told in a specific style – like I express different thoughts, ideas or parts of myself depending on what media I work in, and how I go about it; straight/ documentary photography, studio setups, photo illustration or video edited with music. I don’t believe anybody’s able to be objective, what we see is always edited many times over, and what we show even more so. Each way of working poses problems and limitations. I like to just find something on my way and capture it as is, but I also like to change things and turn them into something different.

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