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Friday, October 27, 2006

Photo Friday (vol. LXXXI) [touches of color edition]

My lovely wife Zahava is an artist.  She got her degree in Fine Arts, lives and breaths art, and is lucky enough to make her living from art. 

Me?  I like the old masters and a smattering of the impressionists... but I don't usually enjoy 'modern art'. 

This was often a cause of tension when Zahava dragged me kicking and screaming to the MoMa.  I usually got my revenge by stating loudly (and frequently) stuff like:

"Oh puleeeeeze!  You call that art?  I'm sorry, an unpainted white canvass with a black pencil line on it is not art.  And neither is a stool with a bicycle wheel mounted on it!  If I can do it... IT'S NOT ART!!!"

I would then pretend to be unaware of the angry looks from the nearby patrons of the arts... or my wife's furious glare.

However, I do have a soft spot for a certain type of modern art.

I love 'discovering' little bits of art in unlikely places.  Sometimes it can be a municipal or privately funded piece of sculpture.  Other times it is a bit of unauthorized artwork by a 'commando' artist (a great one of this genre that comes to mind is the famous Pink Lady of Malibu... this weekend being the 40th anniversary of the creation of this short-lived landmark). 

However, for me to like it, it must meet the following criteria:

1.  It must be unique (at least to me)
2.  It must be located where few people are likely to see it.

The sense of discovery I get when I stumble across such a piece feels a little like having a private showing, or even a gallery opening... just for me.

While driving near Tel Sheva (the archaeological excavations where ancient Beer Sheva is said to have been located), I came across such an understated, unique and remote work of art.   It was created by taking an existing part of the landscape  - In this case a high-tension wire tower - and adding small (relatively speaking) colored accents.

The effect is extremely powerful because of the muted colors that make up the nearby desert landscape... and by the dull gray frame of the metal tower.

I snapped shots from three different angles:

One
Color1_2

Two
Color2

Three
Color3

Best of all, there was no plaque... no credit given... no indication whatsoever who had created this work of art, or why.  It just... is.

I love that, and I thought you might too.

Shabbat Shalom.

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Posted by David Bogner on October 27, 2006 | Permalink

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That kind of reminds me of this:
http://www.knittaplease.com/Tag.html

but I suspect the high tension line project had some official sanction. Shabbat shalom!

Posted by: Kayla | Oct 27, 2006 3:45:23 PM

Nice to see that even power lines can be made beautiful!

In terms of your reaction to modern/minimalist art, I always liked this exchange I saw in Mad magazine way back when, in a feature called "Scenes from an Art Museum":

Guy #1: You call that art? My kid could paint something better than that!

Guy #2: And he could probably say something better than that old cliche, too.

Posted by: Elie | Oct 27, 2006 3:55:58 PM

Nice pics.
Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: val | Oct 27, 2006 4:19:06 PM

I read this formula recently in a very funny book.

Modern Art =
I could do that! - Yeah, but you didn't.

Posted by: Shifra | Oct 27, 2006 5:00:18 PM

fabulous.

Posted by: weese | Oct 27, 2006 6:59:45 PM

So pretty! Thanks for sharing. Shabbat Shalom

Posted by: Essie | Oct 27, 2006 8:00:44 PM

*smiles* I like!

Posted by: matlabfreak | Oct 27, 2006 8:11:48 PM

That's really neat. I wonder if the person who did it had the permission of whoever is in charge of those powerlines, or if he or she just snuck up there and beautified something without permission?

Posted by: Fern | Oct 27, 2006 8:47:53 PM

That's so cute! I gather you wouldn't be a big fan of The Gates, then, right? : )

Posted by: Irina | Oct 28, 2006 4:23:32 AM

I like it!

Posted by: MamaWombat | Oct 28, 2006 10:05:29 AM

that's great!

anonymous art is sometimes more interesting... you get to imagine why or how someone created it.

Posted by: Sarah | Oct 28, 2006 12:36:26 PM

Cool!

Missed you this Shabbat; hopefully that raincheck can be cashed in sooner than later!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Oct 28, 2006 8:37:05 PM

For me modern art is like the novel Wuthering Heights. (My dissertation was on Charlotte not Emily Bronte) I don't really like it, but I can appreciate what it does. It is not art because it is difficult to execute from a technical point of view. It is art if it does something for your perspective. Thus an ordinary ceiling light fixture placed out of it usual context can be a piece of art. You don't have to want to put it in your living room, but it can make you think about the object differetly.

Posted by: Ariella | Oct 29, 2006 5:50:28 PM

How dare vandals defile the minimalism of an artistical perfect 500-kV electrical transmission tower. It's an abomination I say!

Posted by: Bob | Oct 29, 2006 10:54:43 PM

ooh, I love it. (I know, I'm late, but I still love it.)

Posted by: jg | Nov 1, 2006 4:59:02 PM

Nice find! I also gravitate towards the unique in terms of art, and am not a fan of art "stuntin'" which has become so popular recently (Christo, the shark preserved in formaldehyde, etc.)...

Posted by: mcaryeh | Nov 5, 2006 8:44:48 AM

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