Monday, July 16, 2012

Sigmar Polke: Musik ungeklärter Herkunft (Music of unknown origin)

Today I'd like to share with you a beautiful book of gouaches by the late Sigmar Polke. It's difficult to describe what makes Polke such a captivating artist to me, but one of my favorite things to marvel at was his versatility with materials and his scientific slant of finding new ways to create art. Polke often approached his artwork as a chemist would an experiment, and doing so allowed him to to create some of the most otherworldly compositions I've ever seen.

For some reason, there are very few visually striking Polke books out there. There are a lot of books on the used market, but none have yet to capture the awe and excitement I feel when viewing his work in person. Many are text-heavy, and some are just printed poorly. Musik ungeklärter Herkunft, however, is one of my favorites. It's a collection of 40 relatively small works on paper (70 x 100 cm) and includes a handful of stunning details. Let's take a look:

And, for good measure, an aerial photograph of some mass from outer space--I didn't label it when I saved the file, but I guess that just adds to the mystique. So Polke-esque!

Currently reading:
John Banville, The Book of Evidence

Currently listening to:
The Cure, "The Top"

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