Monday, September 29, 2014

Gee Vaucher and Crass (2)

Gee Vaucher
9" x 8", oil on wood, 2014
Less than two weeks after I painted a portrait of Gee Vaucher, I painted a second one, softer, yet nearly identical to the first. The song from the top 100 it illustrates is Nagasaki Nightmare, a single by Crass from 1981. The softness of the painting is in stark contrast with the rawness of the song. Yet the song, and the music of Crass in general have something sweet to it. Sweet as in human honesty, some kind of universal sweetness. The musicians of the collective that were Crass at the time of Nagasaki Nightmare, were Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud, N.A. Palmer, Joy de Vivre, Eve Libertine, Pete Wright, and Phil Free.

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