Monday, December 1, 2008

Bad Art Or Not?

(pink silicon rubber and steel)

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18 comments:

  1. It's silly and not worth the price the auction house seems to want to put on it. But hey, some famous person made it so suddenly it's collectible and pricey to boot.

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  2. I like that a lot - it makes me laugh and think at the same time, there's so much to discover and so many interpretations to muse on.

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  3. where the hell would you put that if you bought it? nah- definitely artist wannabe.

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  4. It's creative and whimsical. I like it - but I wouldn't want to live with it.

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  5. Why is it blue? Did the person who paid $505k for it actually take it home and spray paint it to match the decor?

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  6. Years ago I had an artist friend who had a great sense of humor and satire in his works. One of my favorite pieces was a modeling clay sculpture. It was a scene with a house, a lawn, some bushes, and a tree with a house inside of it and a child's swing hanging from one of its two limbs.

    There was an open door in the trunk of the tree and windows you could look through to see inside.

    The tree was a uterus and the branches were the fallopian tubes.

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  7. Good question about it looking blue in the photo I posted. I wonder if it's just the light.

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  8. I like it! I think it has a sense of whimsy.

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  9. I don't like it at all: the arrangement of the objects, the uniform, bland birthing room color; none of it. Calling it pot head was only good for half-a-grin.

    It's terrible. Just my opinion and I'm very open-minded in general.

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  10. I looked at it and thought, "Mr. Potato Head."

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  11. I don't think it fails to be art - but I don't like it much. To me it's mostly silly. But then I look at it more closely and consider what it might mean that the sculpting itself seems to be part of what was captured - making you more than usually aware of the artist, not just the work... Statement of some sort? Could it be in some way self portraiture, or is it gently hinting that way? That elevates the interest and the art, somewhat, for me.

    But I agree with most of the other commenters - I wouldn't want to live with it. I DO wish I could walk all the way around it, though - I wonder what we're missing on the other sides - and I want to better understand some of the shapes, which I suspect we can't do from this one monochromatic (how odd) photo.

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  12. Oh, and it IS queer, don't you think, that to some celebrity is a curse, ruining their lives and fortunes, but to others it's the Midas touch, allowing them to turn practically anything into money? I wonder what makes the difference? Balance?

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  13. I'd say that it appears to be well executed, but way too "cartoony" for my tastes. Worth, $505,000? Not to me. I would put it in the under $100 sidewalk art fair category, and I still wouldn't buy it.

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  14. I've added a link to a Wiki bio on McCarthy, if anyone wants to take a look.

    Ed referred to Pothead as "cartoonish". He was spot-on. Read the bio.

    I agree with Steve (of course) that it is art. And he's less impulsive than I am, so he's actually thought about what the sculpture would look like in person. I immediately drew a conclusion from the photograph alone. I'm not sure that I would like it any better in person. Though I have seen some of the art I've featured here in person and didn't like it any better than the photos of it I posted. But in fairness to the artist, it's important to think about that. Thanks, Steve.

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  15. BlueBearII - I think I would like your friend's sculpture much better. :-) It's nice to get a comment from you.

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