Sunday, June 17, 2007

the art of the unexpected

Most of us can recognize art in the veining pattern of a leaf, the sound of the wind in the trees and the play of street lights on office-tower windows. But have you looked under the bed or in your bathwater lately?
The practical arts:
Art is under our noses; you just have to know where to look. Even so, you can be forgiven for thinking you're on a bad acid trip if you wake up in one of these wallpapered rooms. Once you make it out of bed you'll be convinced that you also had one too many of those brownies as you find yourself chowing down on your best friend. Never mind, dear, just toddle off now and play with your new action figures.

Language arts:
But c'mon, we all know that art takes many forms other than visual/tactile. Writing is an art, right? But did you know that, Shakespearean sonnets and James Joyce's stream-of-consciousness aside, there's art on your bookshelves? Take a peek inside those books for more.

Art for art's sake:
Let's forget the art in your immediate world now and focus for a minute on art on a grander scale, like under the sea or on the facade of Rockefeller Center in NYC.
Art in another dimension:
So, we have objets d'art, word art and monolithic art. But what if no actual physical object exists other than a photograph of a fleeting moment in time?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Art in another dimension....i saw porno in the sky and unbelievably i was the only person on earth to see it. And even though i had my camera at the ready i was unable to capture it :( I was driving and happened to glance up at the clouds. There before my wondering eyes was a couple in full body clearly making whoppee! The male in profile with his short hair, large nose and muscular body entangled with the female with just a tiny crack of light between their faces. She was beautiful and delicate with long flowing hair. There was traffic behind me so it was half a block before i could pull over and stop. I aimed the camera and.....dam! they were gone, blown away that fast.

17/6/07 4:48 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

"Counting flowers on the wall
Does not bother me at all ..."

Plato saw a dog as having a surfeit of 'dogness', but didn't specify that it had to be a walking, panting canine per se.

I loved this blog and the thoughts on art conveyed. One of the best explanations for abstraction that I've come across.

You are an artist at many levels, Andrea, and I'm grateful for that.


18/6/07 9:44 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I really enjoyed the Hieronymous Bosch Action figures and the book shelving art actions! Where do you find this stuff??

18/6/07 10:19 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Anonymous: You have the mind of a true creative. I loved this.

Ian: I know that song! (I think it's on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.) Thanks, Ian, especially for checking out all the links -- totally necessary to 'get' this post.

Cynthia: I have credited my 'supplier' frequently over the last 18 or so months (last time was May 21st). He sends me the links and I have to try and come up with novel ways to present them as a coherent unit. Sometimes I make the effort (like this time) and sometimes I'm lazy (like last time).

18/6/07 11:20 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Jason Taylor's underwater sculptures took my breathe away and make me question my abilities and direction as an artist ...

Thanks (I think) for making me ponder.

18/6/07 8:30 PM  
Blogger Ilva said...

What a great post, it's good to take a look on the world with new eyes now and then! Thanks!

19/6/07 8:43 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Under the Sea ~ kind of gave me the first I thought it was a cool idea but then seeing the images creeped me out. *sigh*

I find people so interesting and how we each perceive our world is so different.

Thanks for the challenge.

20/6/07 9:22 AM  
Blogger Tori said...

Your posts always teach me something and make me think...
thank you :)

21/6/07 6:27 PM  
Blogger CS said...

I like the undersea images - they're haunting. I like the idea of art being EVERYWHERE - sometimes the oddest thihngs are worht the capturing. On vacation I was taking photos of my son skimboarding, but my favorite (the one I ended up posting) was an accidental one where he was flying off his skimboard.

24/6/07 2:01 PM  
Blogger tiffini elektra x said...

What a stunning capture! That is just amazing!

24/6/07 8:36 PM  

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