The Blue Salon Louis XVI 2 and 3 / The Corridor / Ledoux’s Reception from the series Musée Carnavalet by Karen Knorr, 2004-2007
The usual aim of the fable is to teach a lesson by drawing attention to animal behaviour and its relationship to human actions and shortcomings. Animals in fables speak metaphorically of human folly, criticizing human nature. Yet it seems that the nature of Karen Knorr’s work has another aim. In Knorr’s “Fables” the animals are not dressed up to resemble humans nor do they illustrate any explicit moral. Liberated, they roam freely in human territory drawing attenton to the unbridged gap between nature and culture. They encroach into the domain of the museum and other cultural sanctuaries which resolutely forbids their entry.
Indifferent, the animal remains “other”, a stranger to the context in which it is inserted. The animal is not the real subject of the work nor is architecture. Karen Knorr’s work shows us the incommensurable distance between two worlds: raw nature on the one hand and on the other the cultural site which allows nature entry only in the form of a representation. Although peaceful, the intrusion of the animals’ presence subverts the institution. The work highlights the “against nature” character of the museum itself.
Francesca in her studio by Douglas D. Prince, 1976-1978
Chess by Géza Szöllősi, 2005
Alchimie de la Douleur by Paulina Otylie Surys
Dream Sequence - Paolo Roversi for W, October 2009
man ray & fox
man ray’s animals on MONDOBLOGO
Untitled by Francesca Woodman, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78
(Tonal variation on this)
Fox and the Girl by ~mala-lesbia / Laura Makabresku
(image via fox and the Girl… by ~mala-lesbia)
Francesca Woodman, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78
You’d get bad news all the time on a magpie phone.