Art class

By kateandcarla

December 3, 2011

Category: Uncategorized

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Photo: Dmitri’s artistic offering. He has fondly entitled this Scrunchy Ducks :). Yeah, we’re Artists (with a capital A, obviously).

Conversations about art, like conversations about wine, have always made me sort of uncomfortable.  You should know more, I’ve scolded myself, about what makes something beautiful or impressive or objectively good.

But I didn’t. And I don’t. And so, years ago, I resigned myself to the idea that art is and always will be a language that I just don’t speak.

Recently, however, I’ve started to wonder if there might be a certain magic in not understanding the technical whys and hows and jargon. Maybe, possibly it’s acceptable–and, sometimes, preferable–to just allow incredible, impressive, words-don’t-do-them-justice things move and evoke and perplex.

So, without further ado, here are three artists (and artistic endeavors) that are currently blowing my mind:

– Jon Crispin’s photos (and accompanying descriptions) of nearly-forgotten asylum suitcases have been on my mind for weeks. Wow.

– Avery Lawrence, a friend of a friend, created this installation that is stunning and complex and impressive. I’m not sure I totally understand it, and I’m pretty sure that’ss ok.

– A few months ago, I had a crazy dream about the summer I visited the Eduardo Chillida museum (and had the opportunity to check out more of his work at the Bilbao Guggenheim). His huge sculptures and deceptively simple sketches still amaze me, and I spent waaaaay too much time searching through his online collections last week.

Are you a painter/sculptor/photographer/multimedia wizard? An art history expert? A total art know-nothing like me? Regardless, I’d love to hear about what moves/inspires/confuses you. Link away if you’re so inclined!

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One Response to “Art class”

  1. Also! Hart Crane’s “The Bridge” is a piece I’ve always loved (hello, immaculate sigh of stars) but have never been able to understand. Worth a look, if you have a free minute.

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