JAMES ROPER, abstract painting and classical inspiration

James Roper, 1982, is an artist currently living and working in Manchester.
He is a painter, a graphic designer, a sculptor and an illustrator. His practice is various, geometric and colorful with a Japanese animation influence that distinguish his peculiar and charming style.

"My predominant work to date has been the 'Hypermass' series which references the baroque sculpture of Catholic iconography and how it uses techniques of exaggeration of the folds in robes and cloud formations to express 'spiritual energy'. This style ironically manifests as a lustful, extremely physical, materialistic aesthetic which is also apparent in Japanese animation where the images I use to construct each composition are appropriated. Forms such as hair or body structure are highly caricatured in anime resulting in a fantastical version of reality, that is almost 'more real than real'. By isolating out these parts my intention is to intensify these visual triggers so they form a sort of optical hyperactivity. 

For more information: www.jamesroper.com


something that made me laugh.

From: Formulary for a new Urbanism, IVAN CHTCHEGLOV 1953.
Situationist text about human psycogeography.
It is an early text about situationist vision of new possibilities of human geography.
"a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities...just about anything that takes pedestrian off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape."

I like is point of view about Bauhause. just made laugh. it sound a bit half hippie, half Vice magazine and that's made me laugh even more.
The text is amazing anaway. 

We will leave Monsieur Le Corbusier’s style to him, a style suitable for factories and hospitals, and no doubt eventually for prisons. (Doesn’t he already build churches?) Some sort of psychological repression dominates this individual whose face is as ugly as his conceptions of the world — such that he wants to squash people under ignoble masses of reinforced concrete, a noble material that should rather be used to enable an aerial articulation of space that could surpass the flamboyant Gothic style. His cretinizing influence is immense. A Le Corbusier model is the only image that arouses in me the idea of immediate suicide. He is destroying the last remnants of joy. And of love, passion, freedom.


I wanna go back to the 80's

 Atti believes in the 80's and even more in the 90's, 
she likes audio cassette and would like the VHS back.

This was my first VHS, I was 8 and I was obsessed with this movie.
My mum was keeping renting it until a day she asked to the 55 years old man of the 200 video tape
shop: "Can we buy it?" He said: "Yes". I still know every single word of it.
It is a masterpiece.


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