Unit 8 Post 2 – Kade McCulloch

Blurred Reality

Both Richter and Kurt choose to paint photographs that reveal some story about their lives. They both make the choice to blur these photographs, thus shrouding the reality of the images. To Richter and Kurt, the photographs have no greater meaning, they are simply. photos from different period in their life that give them comfort. In the film. “Never Look Away,” Kurt learns the phrase “everything that is true is beautiful” from his Aunt Elisabeth. Both of these artists expose the unequivocal truth, but there is no greater meaning that these paintings are supposed to represent. This ambiguity allows the viewer to use their imagination to connect these photos. They are consistent in both their style and in the fact that they are nothing more than a series of photographs to the viewer. When I went to the Holocaust Museum over Thanksgiving break this past fall, I remember a towering room of photographs from a Lithuanian village in which all of its inhabitants were murdered. I remember this being the most powerful thing that struck me at the museum. They represented nothing more than reality; pictures of kids playing in the streets, portraits of doctors, lawyers, bankers, and workers, and the most powerful of which was a baby playing in a swing. These images don’t show photos of the horrors of the Holocaust and if it weren’t for the background information, they are just a seemingly insignificant compilation of family photographs. And in some obscure way, the impact of supposedly meaningless photographs reveals a greater truth, as it allows us as viewers to uncover the truth for ourselves through imagination.

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