Werner Popken on art and more

February 17, 2007

Joe’s Daily Drawing

Filed under: Art,Culture,Kultur,Kunst,Leben,Life,Malerei,Painting,Personal,Thoughts — Werner Popken @ 12:07 pm

Daily Drawing Nr. 1: 703 has the blues · © Copyright Werner Popken · © Copyright Werner Stürenburg

Daily Drawing Nr. 1: 703 has the blues

Daily Drawing Nr. 3: 265 wears gold · © Copyright Werner Popken · © Copyright Werner Stürenburg

Daily Drawing Nr. 3: 265 wears gold

Daily Drawing Nr. 8: 264a, in a blue mood · © Copyright Werner Popken · © Copyright Werner Stürenburg

Daily Drawing Nr. 8: 264a, in a blue mood

Daily Drawing Nr. 9: 594, all black · © Copyright Werner Popken · © Copyright Werner Stürenburg

Daily Drawing Nr. 9: 594, all black

The path of the hero — which is everybody’s path — is an adventure. It applies to man and women alike and isn’t necessarily a lonely path — helpers and combatants, adversaries and villains may be companions.

Today I found old texts which may tell us what I thought about the subject eight years ago. It seems to be wise to waken them from their long sleep and republish them here.

In 1998, I opened a virtual art fair for the American market under the title  Art Quarter.

I presented several galleries there each of which was devoted to a special segment showing a number of artists (some of them withdrew in the meantime, having been more than 10):

Parallel to these galleries I produced five newsletters which I called journals with more than one hundred editions:

”Daily Drawing” was supposed to publish a drawing every day for everybody to use for their homepage. This seemed to be a better idea to me than any old clip art.

For the first three editions, I manipulated drawings, but then I changed my mind and published original reproductions.

Simultaneously, I wrote about  Rembrandt in my Art Journal, and people really read these essays. Beginning from No. 17, I commented the drawings as well or rather wrote something in addition — the subtitle reads “Art and Anecdotes”. The reason is that a reader complained about the images being very interesting but incomprehensible, feeling like seeing a movie without sound. Hence I had to write something to my own work as well.

My pictures don’t have any title, but for this endeavor I felt constrained to invent titles. It wasn’t very convincing, I dropped this habit later in consequence.

Finally, I changed the name of the series in “Weekly Work” as I couldn’t keep the rhythm in the long run: a drawing a day and a full journal simply was too much work. Also, I didn’t present drawings only but paintings as well, which is why the title “Drawing” didn’t fit anymore.

From this time, I presented a work of mine and one of the other journals in turn. By the end of ‘98, I left it at that and turned to other things. 47 works had been presented under the heading “Daily Drawing / Weekly Work”.

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