Interesting comparison -- you both do seem to be compulsively interested in the intersection of the coldness of death with the naivety of childhood, but in very different ways.
The immediacy one gets from Helnwein hyper-realistic portrayals of death seem to be in an entirely different vein than the feeling I get from most pieces in your collection.
I tend to think of your work as capturing and retelling the exact moment in a past adventure of yesteryear when things went horribly wrong.
Conversely, much of Helnwein's work seems to reference death and decay scientifically, in a fashion similar to Philadelphia's Mütter Museum at times.
His self portrait depicting himself as a Nazi officer in blackface... well, I don't know even where to begin with that one.
Pardon all the stating of the obvious. I guess in short I'm saying that continuing to increase the physical size of your work could be the ticket to smashing your Austrian counterpart!
February 11, 2009 4:52 PM