Re: The Maybe (a napping actress on a mattress)
posted at 4/1/2013 1:18 PM EDT
BTW, I don't just talk the talk. I walk the walk. :)
I had plans to go to a museum on Saturday, and it was a great time to be there, and proved to be an invigorating experience visually as well as mentally / intellectually.
No sleeping beauty displays. :) Better, actually.
There were very few people in the galleries, and since we were in the museum on a college campus, the students who were sitting / serving to watch over the exhibition areas, were very friendly and we talked to a few of them. FUN.
I suggest that if you want a rousing discussion about modern art, TALK TO SOMEONE WHO IS COLLEGE AGE (or younger). This is where the fun begins. These students said that their contemporaries do not, generally speaking, appreciate modern art. They think it is a lot of hooey. AND, they admit that they don't "get it," or see how it reaches anyone on an emotional level.
Long story short: One exhibition was the art of Edward Ruscha (Roo-shay). This one student said the best part of the exhibition was the videos, which were two short films that Ruscha made in the 1970's. GUESS WHO is in one of them? Michelle Phillips from the Mamas and the Pappas. I never would have recognized her, but this student told me ahead of time. It was called "The Miracle" and accompanied a graphic piece that simply said "Miracle" on it. The other video was called "Premium" which was totally surreal, if not bizarre. The character in the film goes to an open air market and buys an array of vegetables for a salad; goes back to his room, sets up beside his bed, takes down the covers, and cuts up the salad and DISPLAYS IT ON THE SHEET. hahahah. He then, puts the covers back up to completely cover the salad underneath. He then invites his date back to his room --- and shows her the salad, by taking the covers down. He asks, "how do you like it?" Her response? (she is reaching for her purse at this point and heading toward the door ...) ...
"It's okay, but I wouldn't want to eat it." :) An argument ensues, until he finally puts salad dressing all over her. You would all love this video! :)
One of the reasons I was interested in Ruscha's work is that I love design / commercial art, and typographic art (plays into my love of pens and ink ...). The student(s) were saying that their generation cannot get into the appreciation of the older, retro style of typographic art because they see everything with ease via computerization now. This one student said it wasn't until he READ UP, that he saw how the artist had actually rendered his work, and why it was a big deal in its day. But he was saying that his generation is clueless as to why graphics are considered "art" and why they have any place in a museum. :D See?
But overall, the students made compelling cases as to why their generation is looking at modern art in a completely different way, and why it is necessary to continue to REDEFINE what art is ... again, again and again.
We all have to realize ... it's not a static definition. According to Ruscha:
"Art has to be something that makes you scratch your head."