Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chase Lovely Lace - Man Dressed as a Blue Devil

Chase Lovely Lace caught in his studio working on a painting never revealed to the public

Chase Lovely Lace is mistaken for another painter. " But he bat colour is white, minds is blue, and he does anyway tief from we mas, so ah say I go tief from dem stinking four-rain artist. Ah here one living far giving meh fierce competition still..Its over bitch,...and does observe meh surf de Toco waves and meh chest.

Chase Lovely Lace's self portrait.."Hello, is I who do de sailor-man and de blue devils, put dat in yuh pipe and smoke it!"

Chase Lovely Lace's in front of his work, Man Dressed as a Bat by Doig

You pointed on something I did not realize. Until the work was pinned up that I noticed the Blue Devil was standing on a rock that symbolized a flag
. The red which in Doig's original work is that of the ocean, here it reflects a sea of blood. "Man Dressed as a Blue Devil" represents the attributes of crime, and the death of Carnival. Traditional Carnival characters such as the bat will fade into history.

In Trinidad's carnival, the dance of the bat is an important aspect, the masquerader flutters his wings. You can see it here on youtube. Just a note, as I was working on this piece late a night, a bat flew in and drooped side to side just to say , "Hey look, a painting of me"

I think the Art World just died tonight over your feinin. Is it warrant as a work of art, like Marcel Duchamp's muse of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa? How serious should one view art? Asked a child and they will give you the correct answer.

As for the flag, the block to the left is symbolic of America, the use of red, black and white represents these islands, but it is not shown in sequential order.


thebookmann said...

You have this man as a bat standing on what appears to be an incomplete flag, can you explain further, is there any symbolism here?

Anonymous said...

I love your painting quite apart from the original that inspired it. Do not even think of destroying this one. I looked at the original work and produced my own "feinin." Here is my version: 'Bat Dressed As A Man (Night), 2009 for your amusement.

Anonymous said...

OK, I am liking this talk of incomplete flags. I did not pay attention to it before but now that I've had a look, batman is standing on a white flag, not so. The red seems to be only a background to the flag. Anyway, in the top left corner of the flag there is a relatively small block of black which is dripping down over the white expanse. Is that meant to be our flag?

"Red is the colour most expressive of our country. It represents the vitality of the land and its people; it is the warmth and energy of the sun, the courage and friendliness of the people.

White is the sea by which these lands are bound: the cradle of our heritage; the purity of our aspirations and the equality of all men and women under the sun.

The Black represents for us the dedication of the people joined together by one strong bond. It is the colour of strength, of unity, of purpose and of the wealth of the land.

The colours chosen represent the elements Earth, Water and Fire which encompass all our past, present and future and inspire us as one united, vital, free and dedicated people."

If there is so little black, we in real trouble.

Anonymous said...

How does Chase Lovely Lace relate to this blue devil painting? When you refer to artists in T&T, I wonder what it is like to be part of that community. Are you a solitary artist or do you at times seek the encouragement and inspiration of your peers? Is it forthcoming or are there cliques (as in most communities) which discourage easy access to all members?

thebookmann said...

You are very insightful, our art community is very cliquish and selective most of the times. Granted I am no where to be found.

In these spoofs I am observant based on the inside

Anonymous said...

Then it is as I suspected. As an artist, you are a solitary, a single-celled clique...but with boundaries that are permeable and flexible and welcoming and a gaze that is as much introverted as it is outward looking.

I guess what you do can be called participant observation. You are after all, still a member of the community which you exploring. I am very grateful for your presence and even more so for your accessibility. For someone like myself, who is not an artist but who is very interested in what artists do and how and why, you are a treasure. I have appreciated your feinins and the tour of the art world and I am learning so much from your blog.

Some time ago, I likened what you do to "play" and I chose that word for the sheer exuberance and creativity that is involved in all unchoreographed explorations.

Today I am thinking that if I had to find a title to describe the collection which you are in the process of creating (including this blog), I would choose, "Bookmann: A Body Of Play" instead of "body of work". For me, the genius of your approach to art is a playfulness that will not be corralled. I have to say that it is liberating also for the observer. I always apologise for not being an artist but what you help to do is to present the possibility that we are all artists, even when our role is simply to respond to and value the works of others.

I comment sometimes but it is always with some shyness because it is YOUR work after all, and I am afraid of breaking your concentration (or maybe my own) like shattering some spell that keeps everything murdering to dissect here.

"Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:--
We murder to dissect."
--From "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth

Most of all, I am like the neighbour's repressed child dressed always in Sunday best, who is not allowed to muck about, and I come again and again to press my face against your fence, to watch you roll around on the grass, creating your kingdoms, and I can only think from where I stand, that you are the luckiest person in the world.

thebookmann said...

That is a wonderful comment,thank you. "The mind what powers it sees if you allow yourself not to see"


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