Paintings by Neil Conrad
7Oct/14

Paris vs. NYC

just got back from Europe last week. saw some very different places; Prague, rural Bavaria, Paris,  but the contrast coming back from Paris to NYC was just overwhelming. My initial reaction to being back was not exactly positive. taken some days to rectify what I thought I saw there with what I was experiencing here. Took a while to stop getting all judgmental about it.  at any rate, some of the stuff I did before going looks a lot better to me now that I'm back. sometimes this process takes longer than other times.

3Sep/14

Elevator Dream Chair

'In my day artists wanted to be outcasts, pariahs. Now they're all integrated into society.' (Marcel Duchamp)

3Aug/14

Correction

2Aug/14

notions

an honest mistake

fantasy work

31Jul/14

magnetic fields

how new, who knew?

17Jul/14

Proust

'Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.'  (Marcel Proust)

3Jul/14

Julien Sorel

'there is only one form of nobility:  the title of duke.  marquis is ridiculous.  the word duke makes people look round.'

O, how the spring of love resembleth

The uncertain glory of an April day,

Which now shows all the beauty of the sun

And by and by a cloud takes all away!

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

11Jun/14

Infinity Records

'In nine lifetimes you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.'  (Montaigne)

'To be simple is no small matter.'  (Gustave Flaubert)

6Jun/14

Force Quit

'What matters is whether we want to lie or tell the truth and write the truth, even though it never can be the truth and never is the truth.'  (Thomas Bernhard)

started another Bernhard novel today. as many as I've read now I've lost count.

4Jun/14

Accidents

sometimes just got to go a bit juicier.

3Jun/14

time ago

I dreamt I was asking this guy about his visit to the Louvre, what had most impressed him of all the things he'd seen and it was taking way too long for him to come up with an answer.  I woke up.

Impromptu

20May/14

Mug Wart

'Love art.  Of all lies, it is the least untrue.'  (Gustave Flaubert)

'The true work of art is always on the human scale, it is essentially the one that says "less".'  (Albert Camus)

16May/14

Chance

Extinction

survival

chronic

15May/14

Spaces

'Even in front of nature one must compose.'  (Edgar Degas)

'If painting weren't so difficult it would be fun.'  (Edgar Degas)

something old I never posted

14May/14

Savory

the who's the one to blame here blues...'

28Apr/14

Concrete

'An artist is only an artist on condition that he neglects no aspect of his dual nature.  This dualism is the power of being oneself and someone else at one and the same time.'  (Charles Baudelaire)

'True life is lived when tiny changes occur.'    (Leo Tolstoy)

10Apr/14

Bernhard

"words ruin one's thoughts, paper makes them ridiculous, and even while one is still glad

to get something ruined and something ridiculous down on paper, one's memory manages

to lose hold of even this ruined and ridiculous something.  Paper can turn an enormity into

a triviality, an absurdity.  If you look at it this way, then whatever appears in the world, by

way of the spiritual world so to speak, is always a ruined thing, a ridiculous thing, which

means that everything in this world is ridiculous and ruined.  Word were made to demean

thought, he would even go so far as to state that words exist in order to abolish thought...

In any case, words were bringing everything down, Konrad said.  Depression derives from

words, nothing else... it was comforting, one of those rare times when one feels that every-

thing is possible again, Konrad is supposed to have said to Fro.  Suddenly everything...

---Thomas Berhard   'The Lime Works'

"Everyone, he went on, speaks a language he does not understand, but which now and then

is understood by others, That is enough to permit one to exist and at least to be misunderstood"

---Thomas Bernard, Gargoyles

19Mar/14

the Gambler

he once was an actor...  in happier days

25Feb/14

tactile

'Art has nothing to do with clarity, does not dabble in the clear and does not make clear.'  (Samuel Beckett)

'Pari siamo!...

15Feb/14

Scarlatti

'Rien ne pèse tant que un secret.'  (nothing weighs more than a secret) --  La Fonataine