I’m not a huge collector of art, and my spartan walls will certainly attest to that fact, but every so often I find an artist that creates a painting or drawing that not only catches my eye, but that also makes me re-consider my gulag inspired bedroom walls. Robert Longo is one of those artists, and though I only found out about his work recently, he’s managed managed to impress me in short order.
This collection, titled Men In the Cities, features a number of men and women being knocked around by invisible forces, probably within a city. Also, they may all be men, even the people who look like women. It’s not a sure thing, but the title certainly leads me to believe this. Now, who or what is beating them up, I couldn’t say, and at this point I’m starting to wonder if perhaps they’re all imagining it, in a Fight Club or American Psycho sort of way. If nothing else, the charcoal and graphite drawings DO remind me of American Psycho. I can’t say why exactly, but I believe it has a lot to do with the way that everyone is dressed, and the fact that everyone is acting rather crazy.
Men In The Cities