Monday, September 15, 2008

Gina Bold

(sorry about the photo, having the artist in there kindof ruins the effect)...Gina Bold is a comtemporary artist from London. The work I chose is from her residence at the Arlington House in London--a hostel originally designed for a thousand working men in the early 20th century to keep them out of the usual disease/filth. There are men still staying there, and as Gina Bold got to know them, she painted a series of portraits. I like the expression captured in the portraits, and I am also drawn to the series as a whole--the men as a group, especially in the context of where they live and the history of the house. I think in painting the portraits she tried to combine both personal and combined history as well as capture the visual character of her subjects.
--natasha smith

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