Thursday, March 1, 2012

Artist of the Week

Desire and consumption are at the heart of this lush and ultra-realistic installation. Inspired by the bountiful Vanitas still-life paintings of 16th-century Northern Europe and the excessive ornamentation of the Baroque period, Staschke seduces the viewer with his voluptuous organic forms while exploring themes of excess and its effects. A master ceramicist whose work has been shown internationally, Staschke is best know for his banquet style displays of flora, fauna and food. Art Knowledge News

 " Like an extravagant meal, the arrangements we make to further our desires can come with painful unintended consequences. My recent body of work explores notions of gluttony and cultural excess. "
~ Dirk Staschke


If it comes to me automatically, I occasionally post a song with an art post. This one is fitting.  :-)


  1. I LOVE the tower of cakes and sweets!!!

  2. I like very much but strangely I really do fancy a bit of cake!

  3. Rather fascinating and quite disturbing all at once.

  4. yeah, fascinating and kinda disturbing

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  5. His work is definitely ingenious and a very astute take on over-excess in our society. I love the elegance of all his sculptures but my favorite (I'm not sure why) is the tower of cakes.

    I'm not sure if you heard about this show done last autumn in LA but it seemed to me that although the intent may have been similar the presentation was distasteful.

  6. Those cakes are just amazing! But, I prefer the music to the pastels of the installations.

  7. I was going to say that I liked the one with the stack of cakes on the table too. That seems to be the popular one. I think maybe because it looks like it could topple over at a moment's notice.

    Plus, who doesn't like cake? ;D

  8. Well -- Different - I must say, altho I always knew food was Art,lol.


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