Tom Phillips - A Humument (1966-73)
“In 1966 Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junkshop on Peckham Rye, South London. This was an 1892 Victorian obscurity titled A Human Document by W.H Mallock and he titled his altered book A Humument.
The first version of all 367 treated pages was published in 1973 since when there have been four revised editions. A Humument is now one of the best known and loved of all 20th Century artist’s books and is regarded as a seminal classic of postmodern art.”
“Entropy” is one of 12 paintings for my solo show, “Cognitive Dissonance” on view from May 3rd-June 9th at Subtext Gallery in San Diego, California.
This piece measures 16” x 20” and was painted in watercolor.
The man who challenged reality
And so it was that Rene Magritte stepped forth into the (art) world. Through his paintings he strove to challenge one’s perception of reality. Through ambiguity and with wit. What you see is not what you expect. This Belgian had his own version of surrealist art. Day is night, night is day. A floating apple before the face of a man in a bowler hat. Illusions and dreams… and mystery.
Magritte on creating juxtapositions:
It is a union that suggests the essential mystery of the world. Art for me is not an end in itself, but a means of evoking that mystery.