The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Blurred Class Boundary


A Blurred Class Boundary, originally uploaded by OlliK.

OlliK's "A Blurred Class Boundary"

Time and space,
Space and time--
These two combined,
Make equals of us all.
In that thin film
Of vaporous space
And momentary time,
When two walkers
Paths, by chance,
Do cross,
Gray space,
Gray land,
Gray water,
Gray sky,
All distinctions
Do belie.
--JW, 12/21/08

Having now looked at more than fifty of "OlliK's" recent works, I do not find a single dud among them. I was introduced to OlliK's work by his "Art Cafe" exhibit in the Flickr group of same name, bringing me one of the aesthetic highlights of a long time.

His work is beautifully conceived and executed, focused in its choice of themes, and some of the most beautiful, well-executed work--especially the cloudscapes and landscapes--that I have seen in years.

This particular piece, in its sheer subtlety and economy, is worth a thousand indifferent works on most other people's Flickr photostreams.

So judicious, so well composed, so utterly sublime!

Bravo!

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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