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Autor: KaMĀ©

~ 25/02/17

Artist’s Phillip Pearlstein and painter Karey Maurice Counts.

Artist Karey Maurice with photographer Jon Naar.

When I started out dreaming about becoming an artist and being impressed upon by just about anything [successful] I thought was relative to the vision I had in mind.
There were a number things that influenced me outside the realm of painting and drawing but within it, I was drawn to the figure as form like most art students.

I had an Instructor whose paintings were a dead ringer for the school of Phillip Pearlstein (seated behind me.) which is a hyper realism rendered from photographs as I learned later in a gallery discussion last week from the man himself who is in his 90’s. The only difference between the two is this particular instructor worked from live models and a more reductive color palatte.

I would be a fool to ignore or not mention the influence of Hip Hop and Graffiti again with it’s focus on the body and identity but in a slightly different way.This urgent more impulsive art form is more physical in a real time sense. Not staged in a room or professional studio painted in sessions over a long period of time.

The man shown here in the second picture is Jon Naar also in his 90’s who happened to photograph these young artists in the mid to late 1970’s and give a face to the public art that was popping up everywhere on walls and also being done on subway trains in New York.

All three men have studied the human figure and what it is capable of under many different physical conditions capturing the moment just long enough to leave an impression on us.

Autor: admin

~ 02/04/07

Now it would be to long of an entry if I expain how I met the author/photographer Jon Naar,who,Is I’m proud to say, my friend.He is from an era long before my exsistence and is a living Icon,who happens to live just a short walk from the studio.
We meet every saturday morning at Cafe Ole,Trenton,Nj for his salon de Naar where a small group of artists and intellectual people gather under his cloak of success!
The subject of this book is something that I quite naturally gravitate towards because it is documentation of my generation, when making your mark in life was done first by developing a signature.Then from there you took it to the streets to try it out on the public,just like a fashion designer sends his best creation,on his best model,down the runway last.
There are lots of publications out there now that go into explaining the Hip Hop and Graffiti movement but this is the guy who gave it a presence and an awareness before the music that, supports it now does today.Without Jon’s documentation(photographs) and Norman Mailer’s words in their co-authored book “The Faith of Graffiti” there would have been no reason for Sidney Janis to collect the artwork of the artist who produced it.
Whats really amazing is that Jon Naar has one of the most famous pictures of Andy Warhol in the world along with other notable celebrities, and I find this all quite wonderful to know such a great important person,and,I have my own history thats very related, being told in the most interestingly indirect way.I often feel like a ghost in my own present exsistence and I hope that I don’t have to die in order to be of the living.That would really suck!!RedSaid