Still Life with Crash – 2012 Oil on Linen Frank Burgers
‘Still Life with Crash’ is one of my favourite paintings from this period.
It is a nostalgic reminiscing of relationships and the general chaos of life. It is about loose associations created between objects and things that one would not expect to make connections. It is Modernist at its roots, playing with line, colour and the physical manipulation of oil paint. It is entirely autobiographical, a neurotic navel gazing much like the rest of the contemporary art world. (Except for the stuff that is entirely political – or making some sort of statement devoid of ego).
Autobiographical in the sense that Images are sourced from the sub-conscious, random images and ideas until the painting achieves its own kind of logic.
Metaphor, I love metaphor and the potential for stories that a calculated mismatch of images conjures up.
Meaning lies in the baggage that every viewer brings to the picture. I just set the scene….
Frank Burgers, 2017
Ps: I will consider parting with this painting if I felt confident it went to a good, caring home. It would also take a considerate sum to consolidate my loss. It truly is one of a kind. It is a painting of original conception uniquely resolved, without the repeated application of formulae. It is hand crafted.
Its price, on application, is less than a top of the range flat screen TV, but reflects the cost of materials, the cost of production including studio rent and professional fees paid, gallery commissions, previous sales records and career achievements, tax, longevity, and value added due to the unique nature of this product.
Considering the above, offers can be left in writing, on the couch in my upstairs studio. Please include contact details and phone number.
Frank Burger's ‘Coin Counter’ series
The drawings are 100x70cm, framed to about 120x90cm. There are 3 in the series, all charcoal, pastel and gouache on Fabriano Rosapina paper.
'Coin Counter 1', 'Coin Counter 2', and 'An economy of sheep’.
Coin Counters are the metal tubes used to 'prop up' the subject matter in two of the drawings. They are components of coin rolling machines from my 'Armaguard' days: coins are fed into a chute at the top of the machine, then fall down into the 'coin counters' where a laser light shines through a hole, counts the coins and stops the flow of coins before lowering the stack of coins down for paper wrapping.
In my drawings these components symbolized the economic nature of society, which, in relation with the other objects depicted, made for interesting metaphors and interpretations of meaning.
The third drawing,'An economy of sheep' continues this conversation with different still life objects.It was completed somewhat later (2011-2012), and shares with the other two the same media, technique and intention.
To clarify, Coin Counter 1 has the boat, Coin Counter 2 has the elephant, An economy of sheep has the kitchen scales and sheep skull.
Price: $2000 each
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