Motion, Entropy and Humour

Motion, Entorpy & Humor

In an earlier post I discussed the series of 19th century stop motion photographs, which had scientific intentions whilst creating images which came to be treated as art.  The Muybridge series brings out the tension between motion/time and the photograph as well as between intention and interpretation which are key areas for post modern photographic artists.

These issue are addressed with great humour as well as underlying seriousness by amongst others, Anna and Bernhard Blume.  For example, their series Kuchenkoller (Kitchen Frenzy, 1986 – below) is a performance piece which plays on social issues such as the imprisoned housewife but also makes play with the absurd potential of motion/time/entropy to undermine the order which humankind strives to impose (not least through the frozen photograph).

Kitchen FrenzySimilar issues are touched on in a wide range of their work (for example Living room, 1984 and Metaphysics is Men’s work).  Trained in the Dusseldorf School of Art, their work is in some ways the antithesis of the ordered, “objectivised” images of the photographic school of that name (see my post deadpan – although other graduates such as Gursky have claimed that his use of scale is designed to make the work itself be the object rather than the object in the image).

Stone Flag

(In case the picture is too small, the flag is made of bricks laid on the stone floor that the flag waver is lying on).  Amongst a number of the jokes/allusions behind this series is the weight of motion/entropy that is actually beyond the control of man.

As I said in the earlier post on Muybridge, my leaf images capture the effect of time in each picture.  In addition, when viewed as a series overall I hope to convey a sense of the entropy underlying nature which can be seen in the variety of similar simultaneously exiting objects as well as through the passage of time as depicted by the Blumes and Rhodes.  I have combined these elements in my video: Leaf Morph

Matthew Greenburgh

Matthew Greenburgh is an artist who focuses on still life work with strong aesthetic and symbolic components.

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