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    Aha! Got you with that title didn't I

    Anyway, Tom and I went shopping very briefly yesterday and came across these statues. I have included a link to a news article on them. Sorry for poor photos - but I took the pictures with my mobile.

    Most of the statues are on top of buildings, and if you look around you can see them all around the South Bank area, so I hope this comes out in the pictures I took. There are three in view in the third picture. They are lifesize of the artist, as demonstrated by Tom standing next to one. Although I don't think that they are quite anatomically correct!

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    first off... I'm surprised McSurelyShe'dBeInterested has still not commented on this...

    secondly, what I love about art is the way the artists explain their works... it's like, 'Gosh, what are these artists on and would it be legal for me to try it'.

    It is a pretty cool concept though. I wonder how long till someone either steals or defaces the statue on the bridge....

    thanks Kerry.

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    I reckon most of the american mob are still asleep. This artist has also done something similar up near Merseyside.. with interesting results!

    Woman Rescued at Gormley statues

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    gosh, I didn't realise he's cast so many sculptures of himself... this is like a Dr Who episode.. where one day the statues will come to life and start rounding everyone up to become more Gormley statues!

    so, would you say this is good art?

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    Well, it is certainly interactive and we were not the only people on waterloo bridge seen inexplicably throwing our arms up in the air exclaiming "there's another one!" In that respect, yes it was good - it was involving, entertaining, and visually interesting.

    Whether his point was to advertise his own exhibition, or to just get curious people looking up at their surroundings? I have walked across waterloo many times, and generally just think that the south bank is a pretty ugly place - the statues made both trips across the river and back much more interesting.

    But on the other hand, I didn't look at the sculptures in awe of the talented hand that produced it - although a clever mind with a taste for doing something a little different. However, even where i have appreciated that something took a talent which I don't have, I can still wonder what the point of it is - like still life - I really can't appreciate bowls of fruit no matter how well drawn.

    I think that art comes in many forms, and just like beauty - it is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes I just can't see it, but in this case it appealed to me.

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    Tim-O, McBusyWithSeriousThingsLikeSleeping must once again point out how nortie your thoughts are! Nekkid men standing at a attention like a blow-up doll don't titillate me. Now, show me nekkid men on a bicycle rotisserie...and we'd be off to the races!

    Posing the statues on the edges of buildings hardly seems civicly minded. The next time you have a real jumper, Kerry, no one's going to pay any attention. They'll assume he or she is a statue.

    As far as artistic value...it sure is different.

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    Well, they're better than the "art" we had up in northern California one summer- the 'artist' just put up a huge long fence of white silk fabric. I mean like 3 miles long and 6 feet tall. Whoopee.

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    That guy does that fence thing in cities all over the world. Different is ok, but I much prefer different and good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    Well, they're better than the "art" we had up in northern California one summer- the 'artist' just put up a huge long fence of white silk fabric. I mean like 3 miles long and 6 feet tall. Whoopee.
    I was in High School when he did that. There was ONE good thing that came of it: The farmers got lots of good fence post material!!!!!

    He also spent LOTS of money in the local economy and I guess that is a good thing too.?????

    (hey, where'd all the smilies go?????)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry View Post
    But on the other hand, I didn't look at the sculptures in awe of the talented hand that produced it - although a clever mind with a taste for doing something a little different. However, even where i have appreciated that something took a talent which I don't have, I can still wonder what the point of it is - like still life - I really can't appreciate bowls of fruit no matter how well drawn.

    I think that art comes in many forms, and just like beauty - it is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes I just can't see it, but in this case it appealed to me.
    I find that many pieces of art are unattractive or what I would call 'not beautiful', but I have learned over the years that art is more about the process and less about the product - especially for the artist. With beginning art students, I find that if the purpose of the art is to create beauty, many artists fail because aesthetically, as Kerry said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if the purpose of the art is to express a feeling, emotion, action, even a bowl of fruit can speak volumes. The play of light and shadow within a still life can evoke a since of peace or even fear.

    One exercise I do with my design students when I teach watercolor is an exercise where they are asked to find a painting from the romantic period that 'speaks' to them with a clear message. The painting must have a strong since of light and shadow, chiaroscuro. (Usually something painted by Rembrandt.) They will recreate the oil painting using only watercolor and then they will paint it again in the style of the pointillist. After they finish these two exercises, they will paint the same painting again with watercolor, but this time they will abstract the meaning to make more clear the emotion found within the painting. This forces them to express what is actually the most important feature of the original painting, removing all other ideas and being super selective. This exercise is most like theatre design for in theatre, the purpose of our work can never be hidden from the audience who is meant to view it. It must be super selective.

    Unlike the visual arts that can stand alone, never changing over the years, theatre is an event that happens in front of an audience through time, and without that audience, theatre doesn't exist. It is the energy between the performer and the audience that creates theatre. It is like the electricity between two poles of a generator. Without the other pole, there is no activity, no experience.

    Kerry's photographs also reminded me about some other art experiences I have had recently. When looking at art, especially in a museum or public place, I also enjoy looking at the people experiencing the art. It is intriguing to watch how different people experience different art and how it affects them - or not.

    I also believe that the way people experience art is being affected by technology. Sometimes I find myself being blown away by the way some tourist in a museum or gallery respond to art. Instead of looking at the art and taking in the experience, many people will simply photograph the art with their digital camera - looking at the 2 inch screen & not at the original painting or sculpture. I see them go from one piece to the next, to the next, without ever reflecting on what it is they are looking at or even actually looking at how the art is arranged within its environment. Never actually experiencing the art or the gallery or the people within the overall experience.

    At first this bothered me because I do take in the overall experience. Seeing people zip in front of a famous sculpture or painting and then zip on to the next one a few seconds later, I became annoyed and wanted to scream out to those people to "OPEN YOUR EYES - Look at what you are missing!" but then I reflected on my experience and had a little chuckle to myself. I realized that this is how that person experiences these great works. Like notches on a gun, or check marks on a list - not the way I thought art should be experienced. But who am I to judge someone else's experience?

    After realizing this, I then observed the people like me sitting on the benches found within the gallery's and noticed how they too were looking at the art; some through glasses, some with sketch pads in their laps and ipods in their ears. I don't think the great masters who painted or sculpted these works would much care how they are being viewed, just as long as they were being viewed and that the experience causes at least one person to think about something - whatever that something might be.

    The process of creating art is often forgotten after the product is judged. I know though, as a person who creates art, the process of doing the work is where I learn the most about what that work means.

    Wow, where did all that come from? Sorry for the rant this morning. Guess finals have taken their toll on this professor. LOL.

    Cheers,
    BD

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