The Extension

Dark Streak…

Posted in Uncategorized by ologundudu on January 8, 2011

Ok so the holidays are over. Thank god. Back to regular life, work, dreams, drinks, parties, people, well-laid and made plans. I don’t know about any of the rest of you, but I needed the holiday season to end and I’m really glad its gone now. Over the past few months I read some articles, felt some feelings, and thought some shit. And one of the things I read, talked about people getting sad and depressed during the holiday season. I felt some of that…and its ok, you go through it, its life. And it made me think about how some people and some things that happen can change you, can make you dark, and make something inside you dark, or mean, or into shit that’s not even you. But in the end I always know better, even though sometimes I have a really dark mean streak…

Below are some wood prints done by a German artist. Käthe Kollwitz 1867-1945, was a painter, print maker, and sculptor. And the series of photos below are a group of paintings done in reflection of Germany after World War 1. They seem perfectly fitting. Strange and beautiful in the pain and agony that they show.

“Harrowing tales of loss and despair unfold in these seven prints: a man and woman are forced to the ground by their grief; famished and bereaved figures surround a woman whose hand shields her frightened child; a group of woman and children huddle together in protective solidarity. The technique of woodcut, the oldest of all printmaking methods, was favored by Kollwitz and many of her contemporaries for its directness and simplicity. Here the artist has set large areas of black against the white lines gouged by the printmaker’s knife, heightening the raw emotion of each scene. She created this cycle of prints in the the tumultuous years following Germany’s defeat in World War 1. Instead of showing war’s brutal violence, Kollwitz, who had lost her son in combat, focuses on the agony of those left on the home front, women and children in particular.”

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