Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A Cartoonist for Prime Minister, Please

Louise Thrane Jensen, The Long Table, September 14 2016.
Gang members are complaining to their boss on the "socializing table",
scary thing that! - their speech bubbles are of the same shape as themselves
Note the movement of that hand, the palm curving in his despairing outrage.

This morning Louise Thrane Jensen was announced the winner of a contest on the best idea to develop that street in the hippie freetown of Christiania in central Copenhagen, which has till now been known as Pusher Street.

In the past decades the drug market in Pusher Street has largely been run by biker gangs and following a shooting incident with the police recently, the freetownies decided this was it and cleared the street of its stalls.

Christiania is a sore spot in the eyes of politicians and a major tourist attraction. Such is the paradoxes of this world, and the ideas put forward were mainly in the domain of selling ecological produce, creating for a new type of market street and a lovely idea at that; only it would soon land Christiania as an upmarket urban living area, which is everything they originally rebelled against.

It took a cartoonist of course to come up with the solution, as simple as it is beautiful:

An immensely long table. A table spanning the (or at least a great part of the) length of the street in which everyone is obliged to greet at least one person, he and she does not know beforehand and ask this person a minimum of one question.

A place to share rather than buy anything. Apart from the two clauses already stated, it is up to everyone, how the table shall be used.

Louise Thrane Jensen has thus proven the forte of the cartoonist to analyze and find solutions.

The fact that we as yet do not have a cartoonist for prime minister - in this country prime minister has the press too as his/her area of responsibility - ought to be corrected the soonest possible.

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Louise Thrane Jensen and must not be reproduced without her permission.

"Do go on, Peter!"

Louise Thrane Jensen, detail of Peter Lautrop, 2016.
"- I want to be an ARTIST!"

Those two are the perfect combination: Louise Thrane Jensen has drawn the life and work of Peter Lautrop for the about to be-book on cartoonists to be titled Tegnere Tegner Tegnere (alas, untranslatable without losing the cadence of the Danish title: "Cartoonists Draw Cartoonists") 

The cartoons of Louise and Peter both oozes INK, actually and digitally, with a tactile presence to the line. Their line is at once explicit as it embraces everything, rooted as it is in an insistence on what is good in the world from a knowledge that said world is usually anything but.

Louise Thrane Jensen, Peter Lautrop, 2016.

Louise Thrane Jensen, detail of Peter Lautrop, 2016.
Ink stand in hand, Peter was told by his parents to have something to fall back on,
which was a stumble in his life from his artistic zest.

Teddy bears are good. Cats too. Beings who cannot be corrupted; they just turn their back to evil and go their own way. They are even inviolable in a graphic sense. Each of them constitutes a visual entity. 

Goodness consequently has an actual presence and what is more, teddy bears act. The room usually taken up by the noise of evil is counteracted with beings, which are inviolable and indestructible. Their softness cannot be undermined and Peter Lautrop has thus disproved Tolstoy on the lackluster of goodness. In fact a despot such as Lukashenko in Belarus grinds his teeth, when teddy bears go into action.

Louise Thrane Jensen,
detail of Peter Lautrop, 2016.
A teddy bear rounded up by stupidity, the latter recognizable on its set of teeth;
the teddy bear thus exposing the wrongdoer while remaining inviolable itself.

Louise Thrane Jensen, detail of Peter Lautrop, 2016.
"He lives behind a green tree at (the Copenhagen neighborhood) Vesterbro
and serves a well brewed coffee in teddy bear-yellow cups"

Peter's coffee cups are indeed of the softest yellow and his tree outside is magnificent.

Louise has materialized before us a life at one with Peter's protagonists. His is very much a life of action too. In every frame of her portrait, she has underlined how he touches upon everything around him, surrounding it with the fluidity of his own body as he has done in ink in his work, exposing and laying bare:

Louise Thrane Jensen, detail of Peter Lautrop, 2016.
"He has mellowed, he says, but his urge to point out stupidity
 in the world is as vital as ever"

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Louise Thrane Jensen and must not be reproduced without her permission. Louise shall have the last word too:

Louise Thrane Jensen, detail of Peter Lautrop, 2016.
"Do go on, Peter!"

Monday, 5 September 2016

A Critical Pietà

At first sight she seems to be bestowing food to the destitute; yet they are left with mere crumbs and in the epiphany of the one from the other lies the core of the discussion of the Canonization of Mother Teresa.

A critical pietà! Vasco Gargalo has not only achieved to fuse the ideality of her life's work with the reality of it; she is rendered in stark angles, perfecting the faithful sunken in prayer. 

Vasco Gargalo, The Holy Charity of Mother Theresa of Calcutta,
September 5, 2016.

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Vasco Gargalo and must not be reproduced without his permission.

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