Posted 2 years ago with 3 notes
Im just going to write about whatever I find interesting from now on, no guidelines other than that. No “forgotten but shouldnt be” any more. After much reflection Ive just decided that that is just the way the world works. There is so much work out there, so much, that invariably and inevitably some of it will be forgotten. And while it is true that so much work remains in front of a select group of eyes, and that so many people get work because they are extremely persistent and loud and network-y, doesnt really mean anything about whether work is good work. Just do the work. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is not. And in the end, just because it was published, or the right people air kissed you at openings…..well, okay, that’s its own thing.
With that said, I came across the work of Tome Duarte several months ago. His work has a pronounced dark edge to it. It is also quite lyrical and poetic. I would classify it as “confessional” or “diaristic” work. Many many people are working this way these days, possibly influenced by the likes of Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Michael Ackermann and, of course, Antoine D’Agata. But while the vast majority of the work following in these people’s footsteps is, basically, extremely derivative, I find Duarte’s work to be pretty genuine. Anyway, I dig it.
You can check more out at Duarte’s website, here.