24 March 2007

Surprised Recognition

"It is the function of the artist to evoke the experience of surprised recognition: to show the viewer what he knows but does not know that he knows." – William S. Burroughs, "Helnwein's work"

Gottfried Helnwein: works


Steven LaRose said...

I've been calling it the "Peak-a-boo Factor" all this time. Thanks for the link, I'm new to Helnweins work.

Helquin said...

I'm new to Helnwein's work as well... I had snipped the Burroughs quotation some time ago, but I had never checked the source essay. Yay for teh Google!