Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Post 1100: Kara Walker
At numerical intervals that please me because they round to a clean number in a hexadecimal system, I like to highlight the work of artists who I admire/like/find interesting. Last time we took a long walk through The Mission district in San Francisco in a three part series, starting here. This time it, it is Kara Walker's turn.
Stark silhouettes and clean negative space has always appealed to my aesthetic sense. It may have something to do with a misspent childhood reading comic books, I don't know. What I like about silhouettes is the minimalist nature of it. The details are all gone, so it invites the viewer to fill in the gaps. It takes a lot of restraint for an artist to strip out all of the details and only put out the bare minimum to get her point across. I sense a dynamic tension in Kara's work, the imagery appears superficially playful, but the actual scenes depict horrific antebellum cruelty.