Wednesday, March 28, 2007

flaneur-ing and poketo

when i looked at this photo that i took in hong kong...

... it reminded me so much of the concept of the flaneur in late nineteenth century french art. particularly, this painting, Place de la Concorde by Edgar Degas:

a flaneur was a 19th century term for someone who walks about (Paris) seeing what there is to see. i feel that could be me walking about san francisco. at any rate, when one walks about one sees bits and pieces of people, groups, signs, stores as one passes by. this sense of passing by is reflected in the man walking out of the picture frame, in the horse swinging round as I walked by and moving out of the frame ie. my line of sight. sights seen by the flanuer are transitory, incomplete, always moving away and on from the viewer flaneur as the flaneur moves on herself. it also makes just a cool alive image - the person/horse/whatever moving just out of the frame.

to flaneur is also a way of describing to surf as in surf the internet. yesterday, while surfing around, i found poketo, which promotes the work of independent artists and is worth checking out. especially the shirts by hannah stouffer, marc atlan and tim gough. go crazy people! not only are these rad, but the customer service is most excellent.

1 comment:

belle epoque said...

i want to see the Poketo shirt you got! and i think you can legitimately call yourself a flaneuse :)