Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WHAT IF ARTISTS RULED THE WORLD? (106/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Would artists have the solution for everything? 
Let's see... 


"Empire: Possessif  [Yannick Pouliot, 2007]" 

As far as condo living, 
yeah, 
I dare say there is something here 
as we seem to have more head space than floor space.... 
Sitting one on top of the other may become an option!!


"Fake Armchair [Danful Yang, 2007]"  

And then you have this guy coming up with something like that... 
Try sitting on buckles and such.... 
Guess not!!!


"Heatwave Radiator [Joris Laarman, 2003]"  

But then, 
one comes along and redeems everything!!!! 
A radiator that could be a piece of art. 
Well, 
it is!!!!  
I would [gladly] hang this on MY wall!! 


"Trumpeter Brooch [Sam Brooks, 1952]" 

I don't want to toot my own horn 
but artists do have a different view of this world, 
but truth be told, 
we sure don't have ALL of the solutions, 
and this is why diversity is a god sent. 
Yes, I said the "G" word.... 
Pure semantic!!!! 
We stand a chance only for the differences that bring us together!!! 
But I still believe Arts are an intrinsic part of our lives 
and need our support.... 
We just wouldn't be the same without Arts!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

MUSEUM of FINE ARTS, DAY 4 (105/365 DAYS, 4.0)

I hope you like spending time at the museum 
because that's where we'll be all week long. 
I've put in hours of photoshop to present to you my version of what I saw. 
I don't document, 
I interpret!! 
You've been warned...


"French Canadian Woman at Work [Alfred Laliberté, 1907]" 

No relation of mine, 
I do admire his work though. 
And this one was perfectly sized to take under my arm and go.... 
I've seen the life-size one at City Hall, 
and it is simply beautiful.


"Woman (Also Called La Parze) [Henry Moore, 1957-58]" 

Big fan of Henry Moore for well over 30 years now. 
No way I could take this one home as it is very large, 
sitting in a stairwell... 
But one can dream!!!


"Reclining Figure [Henry Moore, 1951]" 

Here's one more, 
just for good measure!!!


"The Relay [Robert Tait McKenzie, 1910]" 

Need I remind you that the way you see the artwork is of my own making?!? 
It doesn't quite reflect the way it is showcased at the museum.... 
But I felt it called for some drama. 
By the time this week is through, 
you'll have figured this out by yourselves!!!


"Life Has Its Thorns [Henri Hebert, 1913]" 

A beautiful piece by the son of Louis-Phillipe Hebert
whose work I've shown here recently. 
It certainly is nice to see that talent goes down from a generation to the next... 


"Large Clenched Hand With Imploring Figure [Auguste Rodin, 1906]" 

I hesitated a bit to include this here 
as I felt it might have been more appropriate to include in my post yesterday. 
A small figure imploring 
and a large hand (God's?!?) ready to squish her to a pulp.... 
A vengeful god? 
Not the kind we like, 
do we?!? 

I've somewhat restrained myself with the photoshopping with these. 
Can't promise that much with the rest... 
I'm done for the next 5 days as far as photo editing is concerned. 
I promise you, 
you won't get the feeling of "same old, same old".... 
Promised!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DID YOU SEE A BUNNY?!? (104/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Imagine me doing a post for Easter... 
I may not celebrate it 
but living in a mainly Christian society [for now...], 
our culture is full of such symbolism 
and one cannot ignore that fact. 
So I've gathered a few pieces here for the occasion, 
just for fun!!!


"Drummer [Barry Flanagan, circa 1988]" 

Mister Flanagan is famous for his hare sculptures, 
a recurring theme of his... 
I've always found this one delightful. 
You can see here the official picture from the museum's archives.


"Processional Cross [Italy, 1468-83]" 

I tried giving some mystic here. 
The original from the museum's archives can be seen here.


"Hands [Kent Ipsen, circa 1992]" 

I definitely took some artistic license here 
by casting a brand new light on this piece. 
Aren't we all in need of a little "salvation"?!? 
I included this piece here 
because the hands set like this look like the were raised in praise. 
Had they been set the other way around, 
one could think there were raised in supplication... 
The archive's picture can be seen here.


"Self Portrait of God (For My Father) [Gilles Mihalcean, circa 1998]" 

Someone will have to explain that one to me... 
Made of wood and granite, 
I see this as a totem. 
Are the three parts representative of the trinity that prevails in Christianity? 
And as there is no apparent front or back but you can walk all around it, 
could this be god's omniscience?!? 
I dunno!! 
Maybe I read too much into this 
and the explanation is much simpler than that. 
The funny thing though, 
given the title, 
is that one could presume that god was a precursor to today's trend, 
the "selfie"... 
Joking aside, 
the artist did dedicate this to his father 
so one assumes this was a serious reflection on his part. 
The picture from the museum's archives can be seen here

I hope you've enjoyed this post. 
Happy Easter to those concerned!! 
To think I didn't even get one of those chocolate eggs... 
Where's the Easter Bunny when you need it?!?
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