Artville Contemporary Artist Of The Day 
Mathew Barney 
Cremaster 5

Cremaster 5 Analysis: The imagery again, was very surreal and abstract, like the doves at the beginning that disappear into holes in the floor of the opera house and then appear in the Gellert Baths on the other side. I was attracted to the costumes in this film, especially those of the Queen of Chain and her ushers who wore elaborate, over the top costumes, dramatic head pieces, and exaggerated neck pieces. The Queen wears a black Elizabethan ruff and her ushers wear matching ones in black and white. The ushers wear white ruffled headpieces and red headbands. The Queen wears a large black trailing dress with several bulky layers and a white underskirt. She wears a thin black veil which, when taken off, reveals a crown made of two linked transparent orbs on either side of her head. If I have enough time I would like to experiment with creating my own headpieces and accessories. I liked the theatrical grandeur of the costumes in this film. Although I am creating a fashion look and I want it to be modern and edgy, I still want to incorporate some theatricality into the image. Artists that I think encompass the two well are Lady Gaga, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen. I could look at these people as further research to inspire my work. 

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Artville Contemporary Artist Of The Day 
Arpana Caur
Title: Day & Night
Size: 72" x 60"
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Year: 2013

Arpana’s finely executed imagery with petite female figuration immersed in folk forms and legends are marked for their deeply spiritual and somewhat autobiographical undertones. The literature and philosophy of Punjab contributed to the strains of melancholy, mysticism and devotion that may be felt in her work, while the Pahari miniature tradition provided inspiration for Caur’s manipulation of pictorial space. Despite her diverse influences, however, Caur’s subjects remain firmly rooted in the quotidian world of the woman, showing women engaged in commonplace acts such as daydreaming or typing. 
The repeated motif of clothing in Caur’s work both confirms and subverts the traditional picture of women. Sinha writes that “the image of women sewing quietly, within the acceptable parameters of femininity is in a way liberated by Arpana, as the woman is placed outdoors, embroidering larger destinies. Instead of a feminine, income-producing function, it becomes a political comment on women’s productivity." 

Babu Eshwar Prasad
Title: Open to Sky - I
Medium: Acrylic on paper
Size: 13 x 19 inches
Year: 2000 

Prasad’s paintings explore landscapes recalled and recreated through the mind’s eye during dreams. Some critics have called these mystical and surreal pictures psychoscapes, or landscapes that have been touched and moulded by the inner self and the alternative reality of dreams. The artist’s mind creates and modifies visions of nature, transforming them into patterns and harmonious blends that no one else could imagine, let alone see. There is also a certain nostalgic quality to these psychoscapes, as if the artist is trying to recall the stories and fantasies of his youth, which much to his disappointment have lost their magic when viewed through an adult lens. 
Prasad’s vocabulary has been describes as an “imagery exploring a psychic map, which he navigates with the amazement of a child, into a world of chimeras, sacred mountains, speaking trees and unknown waters.” Often turning to the picture within a picture format, Prasad creates situations that are twisted away from the familiar, but yet not as far away as to be totally unrecognizable. Each form, figure or architectural and natural element is very clear to the viewer, and only transformed in the sense of the role it plays or the position it occupies. Everything that is expected is turned on its head and the artist has no qualms in painting a blood red sky or mountains that are bright yellow. 

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