Saturday, March 13, 2010

Art show

We had dinner at Gino's, an old Italian restaurant on State Street. It's one we have gone to for 40 years. Stuffed ourselves well, we did.
Then we rambled over to the warehouse where the Art Show was being held. The top two floors have been rented but until they were finished some group had an opportunity to have a "gallery" showing. I looked all over and so did John but we couldn't find ANYTHING that told us who the artists were. The art work had little display tags with the artists name and the name of the piece but no price tag, no affiliations, nothing. So, I have no idea if this was a high school project, graduate program, independent artists or what.
You can click on the collage to get a better look at some of the art work.
I have to tell you that Zeus and I weren't particularly impressed.
I KNOW that Madison has a vibrant art community. I didn't feel like I was seeing any of that at this showing.
These pictures are what I considered the "best" of the lot.
In the upper left is an alphabet carved out of thin dead leaves.
That large hanging structure was a piece of foam cut and placed in swirls and curves.
The match stick style sculpture was put together with tiny bands of copper.
I watched a young man about 8 run past it, I held my breath. Apparently, his parents or who ever he came with didn't tell him not to run around. sigh
There was plenty of food, wine, sodas and goodies for all to eat.
The black things on the floor were pieces of black foam cut to look like shadows, I guess.
The pink and orange foam stuff on the pedestal was entitled COTTON CANDY and some patrons felt they could help themselves to it and eat it. I looked at the card and it said, Cotton candy, wood fiber, varnish, etc. I wonder what was going on in the patrons mind that they thought they could just eat the art work?
The wood bench was very comfortable and Zeus thought that would be a good thing to make for the paths around our property, for sitting and thinking on.
The graffiti mural was probably 16 feet long and ran the length of the space.
My own personal thought is that it would have been more interesting if the artist had provided markers for the patrons to add to the canvas. Interactive graffiti?

:)Bea Who is going to go on creating her own artwork.


  1. Thank you for sharing this art exhibit and I do get a wee bit fussy because labels can give information to the viewers to invite them in to take a closer look at a process or image. We all have our own intuitive responses but I love the stories behind the pieces...narratives have the power to affirm one's personal experiences with a thought process the creator was working within. I am sure you had the room at you feet with your lovely red dress!!! Hugs and Love! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    Monday is coming....down the rabbit hole :o)

  2. I just went back and took a closer look...the clothespin installation gave me a chance to think about women's may inspire me to appropriate this this cheating???? I would add my words images... my poetry. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  3. Mary Helen the clothespin piece was something that caught my attention too. I too, thought how interesting it would be to have a number of women artists have two feet of clothesline and hang bits of things, notes about their life, pages from a journal or recipe.
    They could do it from their current life, memories, a certain period in time that caught their imagination..........Well, you can see it caught my attention too. :)

  4. It is an interesting thing, that particular time line.

    I did clothesline timelines often with my students, love them. This one provokes thought in that there is not a moment of sadness or badness or unhappiness in it, at least that I can see. No lipstick on the collar, no thermometer or bandages. It is a conceptualized view of what someone's life might be like. I'm guessing that the exhibit was high school students (who wouldn't have thought of those things).

  5. I was recently at an art show where there was a story behind each piece and that really was interesting to all. Knowing what the artists are thinking or what inspired them etc. is great to know and adds to the show in my opinion.
    I like the clothespin piece the best.
    I have seen pieces in shows that just make no sense to me. Once there was a large canvas 6by8 maybe, half painted orange and the other half painted black. The price on it was 12,000 dollars!

  6. On the one hand, show us the art without labels, on the other hand, did 8-year old's do this?

    Most exhibited art is not great, but then how would we recognize the really fine pieces, if not for the mundane ones?

    It's the creators getting together in the community and putting something on that counts.

  7. Hmm, an interesting little selection but nothing really grabs me, except maybe the large one, I like 'big' art! I can't believe people don't keep an eye on children at such places. The straw like construction must have taken a lot of work with those copper rings.