27 December 2009
Gottfried Helnwein Photography
Wow. N'est-ce pas? The above works of Vienna born Gottfried Helnwein are part of his "The last Child" installment in Waterford, Ireland. The use of automatic weapons coupled with the capitalized "Child," offers an unsettling power. I draw a tremendous amount of pain being communicated through the images. The artist himself offers, "My art is not an answer- it is a question." Among his inspirations, "In retrospect I would say from Donald Duck I have learned more about life than all of the schools I have attended." The image of a child has been consistent throughout his career. His photos, paintings and performances have been noted as deeply involved in the human condition, physical+emotional harm in childhood.