Monday, July 25, 2005
Beyond the Frame
What the artist did was take numerous famous impressionist paintings -- by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Rousseau, Manet -- and recreate them as life-size sculptures. The really cool part -- you can interact with them -- indeed, you are encouraged "walk into" them and touch.
Here are a few samples:
Vincent Van Gogh's The Bedroom
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Many of the sculptures are cctv-ed into screens mounted on walls and framed. So what looks like a painting mounted on a wall suddenly has people walking in and out of them . . .
Other famous "walk-in" paintings include Manet's Olympia, and La Japonaise, Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day, and Renoir's Whispering Close, and Luncheon of the Boating Party.
The type of model casting used by the artist, J. Seward Johnson, was considered a lost art. Johnson (one of the disinherited J&J heirs) has made a career of resurrecting it; Most of these sculptures are constructed in several steps before being cast in Aluminum:
He founded the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, an educational, non-profit art casting and fabrication facility, in 1974.
Way more fun than you typically expect at an Art Museum . . .
I ran off 100 digital snaps -- if readers want, I can post other sculptures of the show -- but the 2 above were the most recognizable to the casual art patron.
UPDATE July 30, 2005 8:20 am
Int he comments, IDJ informs us that the Washington Post's art critic called this show "This is the worst museum exhibition I've ever seen." And that may very well have been his experience -- but mine was that this was a whole lot of fun -- more fun than most people typically have in a museum.
If you have young kids, and you know how bored they can being dragged around a stuffy ole museum -- this is a terrific way to introduce them to art. Especially if you show them the paintings (in a book) before hand, and then let them run loose through each painting . . .
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