GEORGE CONDO | The Life of Jean Louis
- The Life of Jean Louis
- signed and dated 06; signed, titled and dated 2006 on the reverse
- acrylic, oil pastel, pen, pencil, paper, printed paper, stamps and envelope on canvas
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Condo is a veritable polymath, and his figurations are intensified when nested within a larger abstract collage such as the present work. Our experience of The Life of Jean Louis – disjoint adventures into figurative mini-verses, punctuated by the traversal of more abstracted forms – seems structurally to resemble the experiential rabbit-holes of postmodern life. The title of the present work, then, is no coincidence: this is, after all, a life that is reproduced. This experience also contrasts with the phenomenology of Condo’s previous abstract experiments. In his Expanding Canvases of the 1980s, Condo creates dense all-over worlds into the whole of which the viewer falls at once. The figurative and abstracted elements in the present work, on the other hand, engage in a fascinating exchange; each serving to heighten the viewer’s experience of the other. A great part of the power of The Life of Jean Louis derives from its containing a multitude of internal worlds, potentially discoverable and investigable by the delving gaze of the viewer.