Sigmar Polker ‘ Untitled (Square 2)’
My first reactions to seeing this painting was how religious and structured the painting was. The silkscreen printed image of the 5 naked figures all moving up to the sky holding goblets links to the work of the DADA artist Francis Picabia.
Francis Picabia ‘Otaiti’ 1930
The movement of the figures at the angle pointing up to the sky mirrors that of the illustration of the angel with its wing pointing to the stair way to heaven. Picabia work is linked to Max Ernst as he was one of the founders of DADA and his painting Forest links to Polker work due to the stairs pointing up to the sky abit like the naked figures being glided up the mountain buy the angle.
Max Ernst ‘Forest’
Polke has used many contrasting techniques in the painting screen-printing, painting, drips and also illustration. These contrast give a dynamic movement to the image. The composer John Adams composition Shaker Loops is layered like this image he used contrasting techniques in a string quartet rather than the use of multi media.I feel that the painting is not structured in a usual manner eg. Foreground and background which is similar to Stan Brakhage films because he did not care about plot lines and finishes in his films and wanted the viewer to be confused which links to Polke work. The colours in Sigmar Polke painting are bold and contrasting the use of the Gold dripping paint references the work of religious painting. Also the colour and movement the brush strokes make are similar to Len Lye videos Kaleidoscope, A Colour Box and Colour Flight.
Len Lye Kaleidoscope