Monday, July 31, 2006

darcel deneau

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Anonymous bhappy said...

I continue to wonder about what is unique and revealing in this work? Deneau seems to show all around town but for landscape painting I am not challenged or enlightened or anything.

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like Detroit is melting

1:13 PM  
Anonymous buster smith said...

This painter graces us with the light and color of urban life. The work is refreshingly free of the posturing and irony of so much contemporary painting. She actually looks at the world! In this work paint and gesture are a means of establishing a particular space and a specific time. She sees the entire world via time and space, yet knows that a painter must also be selective. This is the stuff of western art: Nature is wrestled into pictorial space to suggest that destiny awaits only a true understanding of things as they are. All serious painters will benefit from the lessons offered in this work.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, okay Buster.

There was a story in the paper a year or two ago. She's the one who has a Detroit themed rumpus room in her distant suburban house, complete with a city manhole cover that's become part of a coffee table. It's not as weird as it sounds. I live in Detroit and keep bales of hay in my apartment.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Jangles the butler said...

I keep the toilet unflushed in my home, it's like little zug island.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous tired and weary said...

One suggestion Darcel. Don't take any cues from buster smith's psuedo artist statement when you talk or write about your work.

11:18 AM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

I appreciate the style of the artist.. but some things just seem off in the drawing...unintentionally. I noticed that in the painting she had in the library building at CCS it came across as trying to be realisticly spacial, but not quite hitting the mark, and not far enough away from the mark to be seen as intentional. I'm not particularly excited by this work either but that's just my personal preference. I can't really say why at this point....Maybe I'm just tired of cityscapes especially in Detroit, where artists cling to this urban decay theme especially in photography.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're talking about the bus that looks like it has a flat tire, it was really like that. I've been on that bus. The driver threw me off and wouldn't give me a transfer.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous tired and weary said...

John: I'm not sure she is going for the urban decay theme but I couldn't agree with you more about it being a very tired subject for some artists in Detroit.

8:56 AM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

right. I realized she's not going for urban decay, I was referring to other artists that do. But from my perspective, she is trying to capture the essence of detroit in these paintings, and you can't really ignore the fact that detroit is a dead city. At least for now. So even by painting a bus with a flat tire, it causes me to see the decay of the city. Why can't we just get buses that are safe? why can't we get some reliable public transportation like a subway system or something? it's all part of Detroit. I repect the vision, but I'm a little tired of it. Maybe just tired of cityscapes in general. Like i said, it's all just a personal preference and knowing me I'm bound to come around full circle at some point. I used to hate landscape paintings, until I found myself abstracting the landscape all the time for example.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous kisser said...

QUOTE "and you can't really ignore the fact that detroit is a dead city. At least for now" UNQUOTE

oh come on now dtown is struggling, sure, but it sure aint dead.

it aint ny or chi-town, and may never be, but it is a tough piec of a** that is not anywhere near dead. where are you coming from when you say that?

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the bus has a flat tire but rather a slight expressive angle to the bus.

I am tired of seeing amateurs refine their work in the galleries while others further along are out there somewhere else.

Painting landscapes from photographs!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous martel said...

What you all don’t seem to get is how this painter’s work acknowledges that the real medium of art is space. Light and color are functions of space. This is where painting starts. Ms. Deneau certainly must distinguish herself further with her work, but she at least is on solid ground, and off to a running start. She can shape space with hue and value. That is the beginning of painting. She sees light, and shows it to us in everyday life. I don’t understand how anyone could get the idea from this work that it is about trivial social issues such as urban life. The CCS crowd needs desperately to take a genuine look at Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso. This is where you will learn about form, color, and light. They are the authors of modern painting. My experience teaching at CCS presented me with many individuals who were primarily concerned with the self, and were actually bored with the idea of seeing. My advice to them was that they start a rock band.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

harsh words for ccs. you are somewhat right about the self part but that is true with all schools not just ccs.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous m. said...

As I understand it, Ikea came with a public transit system... some nice brand spaking new shiney red wheeled trolleys... I feel better knowing that people in Canton can get back and forth to Ikea without parking hassle... Those are excellent choices.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually saw those trolleys making their curcuits.... empty.

1:53 PM  
Blogger John Azoni said...


possibly you are right, but the fact of the matter is, as a CCS student I do care about space. I just don't care about it in a literal sense. there's no chance of moving forward if we're always expected to paint what we see. That's boring to me. I chose to paint the way I do not because it's real, but because it pleases me, and I can talk about whatever I want and not be confined to a reference picture. And in fact, I do look at Cezanne quite a bit. I just bought a Cezanne book in fact and I am about to leave in a month to go study in Aix en Provence where Cezanne spent a lot of time mastering his craft. And my abstract work actually was sparked by the work of picasso. So don't assume that we don't look at these pivitol artists just because our work isn't stuck in 1910.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous m. said...

Martel... you had some great lines..., things like "I don’t understand how anyone could get the idea from this work that it is about trivial social issues such as urban life." and "The CCS crowd needs desperately to take a genuine look at Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso." and, my favorite one!! "My advice to them was that they start a rock band."

I'm just sitting here in astonishment. You're a teacher?! Jesus Christ! Brings back a conversation I was having with the director of a lit.program the other week... I asked if he was ever concerned about the future of education, especially the degrading quality... I really think you should start a rock band yourself, or a lawn care company, or do anything but teach with an attitude like that. Boxed up and self-obsorbed. Yuck.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harsh words for Martel.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There does not seem to be any definite light source here but a jumble. Got the patented detroit grey and strange ambient shadows in street that are very strong at times.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous m. said...

anon., that was harsh, you're right. I considered recanting it, b/c I don't like to be harsh... But for someone to imply that 1. social issues (like urban life) are trivial is concerning. and 2. that the answer to selfish thinking is a rock band? all these misguided values being slung around... there seemed to be an implication that art is better or should be greater than rock? My biggest complaint with CCS are the faculty... there are some great faculty! Then there are some faculty that discourage students because they (the teachers) can't get over their own egos and secret competitive agendas... they don't know how to be teachers. If your advice to a maleable student is to go start a rock band... I just don't think that that person should be allowed within 50 feet of teaching. It's just scandelous. And to imply that the CCS students or curriculae doesn't afford a long, hard look at Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso is so annoying. So, I stand by my harsh words. Go start a rock band... if rock and roll will have you, and take a copy of Ayn Rand with you.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know darcy, i wonder now when i look at your paintings if they are showing detroit today in contast to the deroit you grew up with: your parents being around. the paintings seem kind of lonely.

i don't thats just how they stuck me today.

matt lewis

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

imeant i don't know thats just how they struck me today. matt

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the artists will not get involved in the discussion on this blog. What they do not read Ann's Blog?.. right! Ann does not get involved just instigates.?

11:24 PM  
Anonymous  said...

not everyone is as internet savy as the youth of today. I'm sure people have better things to do than banter with a bunch of bitter negative detroit artists. I don't blame her for not participating.

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats not thinking 333.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous superba said...

anonymous, if you are asking why doesnt Deneau get involved with the talk on this thread, why should she?

Buster made an informed comment, and was greeted with a response having to do with the decor in Deneau's house.

Somebody else likens the work to urban decay, and talks about how they are tired of it.

Who does she owe an explanation to?
Why participate in meaninless banter? I know I wouldnt

5:16 PM  
Anonymous buttcher said...

isnt it illegal to have a manhole cover in your house?

5:17 PM  
Blogger umferdinand said...

i was just looking at darcel's painting and thinking, no one else that i know of is doing paintings of detroit like darcel is. i guess i've seen paintings of detroit here and there over the years, but none have the charm and intimacy that DD's paintings have. say what you want about the value of urban landscapes and the state of detroit, darcel is a fine painter. in spite of continuous rejection by young contemporary painters over the years she still paints her ass off and does her thing. it seems to me that it doesn't really matter that the paintings are of detroit, they could be any city, essentially it's not about the fuggin' city at all but about what she's doing with paint. the only suggestion i deserve to make is- continue to paint.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continue to paint yes. It won't help though.

Darcy is a wretched hack.

At best her work is an insult to mediocre bullshit.

4:11 PM  
Blogger umferdinand said...

a "wretched hack"? you sound so bitter! this thought came to mind after reading your response: the hater longs for the object of his hatred.
and the other part, "an insult to mediocre bullshit". that's actually an interesting compliment.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your response is as hackneyed as her works.
Given the hollowness of the work, its parasitic nature, her nakedly commercial ambitions, and the ease with which she screws other artists, I think my words were rather tepid.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous superba said...

"......her nakedly commercial ambitions, and the ease with which she screws other artists......"

This comment sounds like you have a very negative personal history with this artist, Anon. The problem is, I cant phathom any of this from the work shown on this site. Do you want to clafify? You opened the door on this

5:46 PM  
Blogger umferdinand said...

maybe s/he is jealous of darcel's success? i mean, what the heck does "parasitic nature" mean in reference to her painting?
it does sound like a personal problem with the artist... i wouldn't be surprised if anonymouse has a parasitic nature of his/her own. hmph.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... you guys have nothing better to do. why don't you get off your ass and paint something yourselves before critiquing deneau's work so harshly. she paints what she loves to paint. let her be!!

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