Still Life of 2015

The still life has been with us since Antiquity. The seemingly simple subject rendered with an almost tactile realism juxtaposing soft with solid surfaces. Of the latter ones the glittery surfaces such as glass and metals is where the artist gets to show off his mastery of light being reflected or thrown back.

Willem Claesz. Heda (1594-1680), Breakfast Still Life with Blackberry Pie, 1631.
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

As simple as they may seem the objects before us are anything but solid in meaning. They are carriers of the fragility of life, the brevity of it and the sudden violence with which it may suddenly be ended. Placed before us they are reaching us at our most physical being sensing the pain.

Fadi Abou Hassan, Terrorism, January 2015.
"The series of terror will not stop at France, Tunisia or Kuwait...
Yesterday was Paris..."

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Fadi Abou Hassan and must not be reproduced without his permission.

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