Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This is your brain on conceptual art. tra lautpecnoc no niarb ruoy si sihT
DIA : BEACON
On Monday, we traveled an hour and a half to the Dia Beacon. A wear-house turned awesome museum. Especially since our French tour guide would refrain from telling us certain things. He was awesome. Straight up. He would usually end his sentences with, "blah, blah, blah...and that's all I'm going to say about that." Interesting fella. He was also French.
This place was amazing. Very modern. And very white. Not in a racial sense, but as in the walls.
First off, this is our conceptual piece created by Me, Kira and Malina. The Dia beacon was really good, we weren't making fun of it. But we may have been mocking the idea more than anything, even though we really enjoyed it. its like making fun of something ridiculous... ridiculously cool, because its so absurd. also, i think kira was poking fun at my shirt color.
The first piece that I found awesome was Gerhad Ricters installation Six Grey Mirrors. These mirrors reflected everything. They made me think they were ginourmous Ikea mega-speakers, and I just wanted to sit and listen. These mirrors had more transparency; it was like looking through a car window, only not being able to see the inside of the car. No element had priority over the other. This installation incorporated everything and allowed the audience to participate in the piece. Thus, played with the idea of live art, and always incorporating constant fluidity within the piece. It was like a constance of inconstant imagery.
Another piece that took me was Louis Bourgeois's Crouching Spider. It was made out of Bronze, or something closely related, and took up most of the room that it was installed in. This thing was epic. Clearly. Areas on the spider were tarnished so it made it look like the spiders muscles were bulging out of its skin. Totally disgusting. But totally awesome. It was graphic, and I was waiting for it to come alive and eat me. What is interesting is that her design of the spider was that the spider was composed of cylindrical tubing's. If you know her work, you'll know that she is into creating phallic objects. So, blah blah blah, thats all I'm going to say about that. I hate spiders.