Media: Featured Artist In The French Literary Review Oct 2010

French Lit Review Oct 2010  Revolution 1

I am the featured artist in The French Literary Review this October, an elegant little journal in the south of France focusing its passion for poetry and prose around France or themes in connection with its history and culture. It is now published and available online or by subscription. Many thanks to editor Barbra Dordi for her interest in my work.

Featured in the Review is a black and white reproduction of Schrödinger's Requiem, a painting in 16 canvases (1x1m square total size) which includes a close up of one canvas titled White Fiat. Also a four part pen and ink drawing series on the French Revolution which you can view in Gallery 2008.

The pen and ink drawings of the Revolution were inspired by a macabre yet fascinating event called the Bals des victimes [link] created by and for the relatives of victims of those guillotined during the reign of terror during the French Revolution (reported first held in 1795).  It really made me aware of how any terror or capital 'T'-error can completely warp the social norms we take for granted; including the morality and sense of self. It also, oddly enough, appealed to the part of me that grew up with splinter-punk sub-cultures of the early 80s. You can view all these images larger in the 2008 Gallery from the Main Page.

  • Rear View [close up of canvas from Requiem]

White Fiat  About Schrödinger's Requiem:   The couple who bought Requiem had a strong connection with it because they lived in Paris at the time of Diana's death.  The drawings have a long story because the basis of drawings were done in 2001, just a few days before the world changed. They since got sold and I had detailed archives of them and found they really fitted into the 2008 exhibition 'We'll Always Have Paris' really well, as it is the idea, and not the reality, of a place and time, that we are most inspired by and which gives or lives and decisions context.

With Requiem I was asking what the alternative realities might be had Diana lived, where was she, what was she doing, was she still living in a car on the run? What are all our other selves doing that took a left, instead of a right, turn, before entering the tunnels which decide our fate. As I was painting, cutting, spraying and drying (it was endless this one), I was playing Gary Numan's 1979 pop song Cars. The words, ever appropriate to Diana's life, worked their way into the painting: "Here in my car, I feel safest of all...".

The title refers to Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger's famous 1935 thought experiment Schrödinger's Cat (Google it). Long story short, a cat is put in a box without air. Before opening it, the cat could be either alive or dead. But before opening the box, the cat is, in quantum terms, BOTH alive and dead. In this spirit, and as someone who loved Diana's spirited life, I wondered if she is alive in another world where boxes remained closed - but possibilities open.

Introduction from page1, Issue 14, October, 2010 -

In this issue we are featuring the artwork (with a French connection) of Australian artist Carl Gopalkrishnan (Gopal).

Carl Gopalkrishnan has worked in acrylic, mixed media and photography for 23 years. His Indian and Chinese heritage has had a strong bearing on his interest in spiritualism, mythology and questions around consciousness. His connection to French culture began while studying history and later during an exhibition exploring the 'idea' of Paris using theories from quantum physics. This resulted in the solo exhibition 'We'll Always Have Paris' held at the Kieth + Lottie Gallery, Perth, Australia in 2008. Recently he has blended the French medieval chanson de geste (French medieval poetry) with Broadway musicals as a lens to explore the complexities of modern politics. He is inspired by theology, poetry, punk and graffiti. Carl's art is published internationally in both literary and political magazines.

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