Vishnu Reincarnates to Restore the Jayhawk Dharma


Photograph by Nick Krug/Paintograph

Photograph by Nick Krug/Paintograph by jaybate


Ashwin Rao 5 years, 2 months ago

Interesting observation! :) Very creative!

jaybate 5 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for visiting the gallery.

The minute I saw that picture, and the four arms gesturing out around Kevin, I thought I've seen that gesture somewhere before.

But it took a couple of minutes to recall where. It was the strangest feeling to look at the picture of Kevin and have such strong feeling it looked like something but not be able to say what it was. Then boom! I remembered. Vishnu! The paintograph is as much about the feeling of recognizing but not remembering the archetypal form of Vishnu, as it is about either Kevin or Vishnu. That feeling is very close to what one gets when one watches a play unfold you know you recognize from before, but can't quite say where or when.

Regardless of my stammering explanations, I am grateful for you commenting.

I occasionally use what seems to me certain archetypa mythic images used in some of the world's great religions and secular artifacts in the paintographs, not because I am trying to push religion on people, but rather to combine these mythic forms into what I have come to call "the living myth of KU basketball" in hopes of creating a resonance in the paintgraph comparable to what the Nick Krug photo and the game itself elicits from me.

Off the top of my head the last few years I have embedded some of Botticelli's Birth of Spring, Michelangelo's finger's touching from the Cistine Chapel ceiling, and sometimes I add, or embellish cruciforms in the Nick Krug pictures.

I do not mean disrespect to religions and great artists in any way, nor do I mean to trivialize either.

The photos and the game and my response to both just trigger a recognition of certain archetypal imagery. Usually I select it because it just flashes in my mind, then I try to figure out if there is anyway to work it into the Nick Krug image in a way that either adds something the picture's composition can hold, or adds something that completes the composition of the photo in some unexpected way. For a number of reasons I am drawn to juxtapositions in visual arts.

My goal with a paintograph is not to create another photograph, or a painting, but rather something that is on the visual frontier of both.

I have always been a fan of painters, especially Botticelli, that brought traditional oil painting to a narrow frontier, or threshold, if you will, between the realistic and the expressionistic. Hard to put this simply into words. Sorry.

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