Author: SM P

Analysing photography

There are many ways to analyze a photograph, much depending on who you are, the purpose of the analysis, whether you’re a theoretician or a practising photographer – or perhaps both, or if you are someone who just want to find out why you feel this way or the other, about a specific photograph. What

Medieval grotesque

Now that I’ve begun reading up on medieval grotesque, I am ready to give my view on what it is. It’s taken me a while to figure it out, in my head, because oh, boy – the medieval grotesque is so much more complex than I imagined. If we only used our sight to understand

Grotesque evolution

I have been reading literature on medieval grotesque for a few months now, and while I have no evidence for what I am about to say, I still feel that I am right. Art Grotesque has gone through quite the evolution through history, and these days holds little if any resemblance to what it once

Medieval context

When I contemplated what to call this post, I was thinking about “medieval naivety”. Then I thought another round, and got comfortable with the idea that context is everything. I’ve been reading literature on medieval grotesque lately. What strikes me as more important than pretty much anything – at least when it comes to the

Grotesquerie over time

When I first decided to start this project, blogging about the grotesque in art, I had an idea of what the grotesque is. Especially the time period that’s been my main interest for a long time – the 18th to 19th century, the neo-gothic literature, photography, et cetera. Little did I know that the concept

Disharmony and transgression

Literature used for this post: Grotesque, by Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund Buy this book on Amazon (US)Buy this book on Adlibris (Sweden) The more I read this book, the more I realize that art grotesque is so much more than just a really interesting visual artistic style. Lots of social criticism can be

Fun little fact!

This has very little to do with art grotesque per se – and yet, it has everything to do with it. About thirty years ago (bloody hell, I’m getting old), as a teenager, I was involved in a re-enacting group in Sweden – medieval times. It’s been just about thirty years ago, and I just

Grotesque bodies

Literature used for this post: Grotesque, by Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund Buy this book on Amazon (US)Buy this book on Adlibris (Sweden) I must admit – this fourth chapter of the book I’m reading was quite disappointing. I expected much more of the idea of grotesque bodies, and got so little. Well, perhaps

Monstrousity

Literature used for this post: Grotesque, by Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund Buy this book on Amazon (US)Buy this book on Adlibris (Sweden) Monstrousity is a large part of the grotesque. But what exactly is it, where does it come from, and how are we to understand it? These are things discussed in the

Theory, then!

Literature used for this post: Grotesque, by Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund Buy this book on Amazon (US)Buy this book on Adlibris (Sweden) This post is based on the second chapter of the book mentioned above (the same book as mentioned in my last post). Most of what I’ll write are my own opinions

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