The Brothers Karamazov

Tom Nakashima's avatar Tom Nakashima Vote Code: 52360
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"Brothers Karamazov" was created during a reading of the novel. As I proceed deeper and deeper into the book this painting became more and more complex. As time passed the painting became a quagmire of intertwining complexities - echoing the story with its endlessly connected meandering ideas. I was drawn to "The Brothers' and Dostoevsky because of a personal frustration with postmodern philosophy (as applied to art) and an interest in returning to Kierkagaard and the origins of existential thought. This brought me to "The Brothers Karamazov" which was a subject wonderfully addressed in a number of lectures by Bert Dreyfus of UC Berkeley. As with all of my work the painting uses recycled paper which relates to my continuing commentary on deforestation of the planet. This particular piece uses National Geographic for the collage element. The two video's below give a better feeling for the scale of the work and the details. The entry piece is "The Brothers Karamazov".

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Medium: acrylic and magazine collage on canvas
  • Width: 30 feet
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 101 inches

Venue & Connection Information

The piece is rolled image outward on a 8" diameter x 103" tube -- which is then inserted into a 10" diameter x 106" tube and capped with wooden discs at each end. It is then covered with plastic. The painting is acrylic and is fairly sturdy and is not damaged by wrinkling (that may occur temporarily while installing). It is hung with drywall screws (for drywall) or Cobra masonry anchors every 24" along the top. The entire piece weighs abut 40 lbs so it can also be hung with string from the ceiling. It should be lit by several incandescent floods or tungsten gallery lights. I prefer that it is hung about 12" to 18" above the floor so that viewers can get close to it and observe the surface texture and detail of the magazine collage.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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