5.26.2009

Destroyer



There is something tragically beautiful about Martin Klimas crashing ceramic series. I love how these are an edgy, updated version of my grandma's dust collecting knickknacks perched in the dinning room hutch. It's as if Klimas has captured the exact moment of transformation from useless kitsch to something new. Something abstract. Something melancholic and inspiring. 

Click here for more of Martin Klimas' work and portfolio. He has also shot a beautiful series of birds in flight that are equally as dramatic. The doves are my favorite. What are yours?

9 comments:

Chloe said...

cool, but perhaps a bit gimmicky, don't you find ?

Anonymous said...

My favs are the white owl and eagle!! Excellent action shots.

candace said...

Wow. Very dramatic photos. I love these!

Adrian said...

Couldn't disagree with you any more Chloe. I'm surprised that you're so put-off by these images.

I think this is some of the more beautiful and original imagery that i've seen in quite some time. The fact that the visuals are simple and repetitive, is actually kind of refreshing. The focus isn't on the concept, but rather on the mood evoked from within the viewer - something that we seem to have lost in this Conceptualist period we are currently subjected to.

Chloe said...

au contraire, adrian...it is a simple concept. well executed, pretty, but bo-ring.

Adrian said...

Agree to disagree.

Please enlighten us all with a few links of work that are not 'boring' that will blow our collective minds then please...

Reanna said...

Whether you like Martin's work or find it a bore, at the very least it's caused some interesting dialogue! Wowza.

I think when you dig deeper, you may find something interesting in his photography. If you wish to read more about Martin's work have a look at this link: http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/galleries/still_life/04sl.php

It's no surprise that his ceramic series is compared to Jackson Pollock, an artist who's work has often had polarized critical views.

May I also suggest checking out Gwenaël Bélanger (www.gwenaelbelanger.com)
This is a another artist exploring the "shattered aesthetic" via video and photography installation. It may have more bang for your buck.

Denise @ Swelle said...

What a deflating comment.

Anyway! Thank you for this, these images are the most gorgeous things I've seen all week. For some reason I get a blank page when I go to Martin's site but I will try again. These three are more than enough for now. The second one reminds me of some of Dali's paintings with its realism and fragmentation, it's quite dramatic and compelling. And the effect of the light and shading is just heavenly!

Reanna said...

Thanks Denise! I'll send you the link. It's a great interview.

:)