Hi there, I'm Jane Mattimoe.

- I post a lot of my original art work on here, because the alternative would be pulling a Goya, and wallpapering my house with it.

-I collaborate on comics with my friend Julian Rowe(I write the jokes and he draws them)! Check for our blog of cartoons rejected by The New Yorker in the links section!

-I'm a watercolor artist who focuses on landscapes and portraiture.

-I write about my adventures (which usually involve music, art, and New York City).

-Currently attempting to write a novel (don't ask about it...).

-I like creative punctuation;

-I am physically incapable of getting a tan.

-I moved to Manhattan on two days' notice.

-But now I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

mattijanemoe@gmail.com
I went to the Neue Galerie yesterday, for the monthly two-hour window of free admission. I can’t believe I hadn’t been before- it features early twentieth century German and Austrian art— expressionism! Vienna Secession! I heard about it from an elderly woman at a showing of the movie Museum Hours, which, fittingly enough, centers around a famous museum in Vienna, the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
 On the third floor, a massive definition for the word GESAMTKUNSTWERK is posted on the wall. It means "total work of  art," which according to the wiki article I linked (haha), is a "work of art that makes use of many art forms." Not only were they doing portaiture, etc., it was basically a lifestyle. They were creating furniture, housegoods, designing achitecture… life didn’t imitate art— life was art . (Someone who I think represents this to an extreme, though he wasn’t in the same grouping as the guys at the Neue Galerie, was Sadakichi Hartmann, who I read about in Believer a couple months ago. Really worth reading).
 My take away from the idea is that it’s more than aesthetics— it’s putting a sort of energy into every aspect of your life— not just passively existing.
Really like the above self-portrait by Schiele. Not really into  his porny objectification of the female form, but I like his style.
 

I went to the Neue Galerie yesterday, for the monthly two-hour window of free admission. I can’t believe I hadn’t been before- it features early twentieth century German and Austrian art— expressionism! Vienna Secession! I heard about it from an elderly woman at a showing of the movie Museum Hours, which, fittingly enough, centers around a famous museum in Vienna, the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

On the third floor, a massive definition for the word GESAMTKUNSTWERK is posted on the wall. It means "total work of  art," which according to the wiki article I linked (haha), is a "work of art that makes use of many art forms." Not only were they doing portaiture, etc., it was basically a lifestyle. They were creating furniture, housegoods, designing achitecture… life didn’t imitate art— life was art . (Someone who I think represents this to an extreme, though he wasn’t in the same grouping as the guys at the Neue Galerie, was Sadakichi Hartmann, who I read about in Believer a couple months ago. Really worth reading).

My take away from the idea is that it’s more than aesthetics— it’s putting a sort of energy into every aspect of your life— not just passively existing.

Really like the above self-portrait by Schiele. Not really into  his porny objectification of the female form, but I like his style.