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You, Me, Something Else

September 28, 2011

This afternoon my art and design context class visited the gallery of modern art, looking particularly at the “You, Me, Something Else” exhibit.

Before even stepping into the gallery, you’re attracted to the fantastic building which holds it all; a piece of art itself. I was taken in by the cracked mirror walls and then walking into the exhibit, you instantly realise how beautifully designed the full building is. It contains so much history in the design.

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The building itself has a stark contrast to the art which it holds. The exhibit contains very modern sculptures and encourages viewers to ask “What is a sculpture today?” and notice the significant differences compared to traditional sculptures of our history.

One sculpture which I thought was fascinating was “Strive to Set the Crooked Straight” by James Mclardy.

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I think this particular sculpture questions the mind, it doesn’t seem quite possible that it is standing and balancing. Surely the top part would make it fall over. There’s no cleverly disguised strings, it is just standing by itself. I think the scarf like textile finishes the sculpture as it adds more detail but also allows the viewer to question what this sculpture and the name actually means. Is the textile a scarf, round a bent neck, and it is someone’s mind that needs to be straightened from stress or corruption? Or was it just placed there to add more interest? This was my favourite piece from the exhibit as it was the most intriguing, and really captured my mind.
It also looks like half of a picture frame, which could show that it is meant to hold something, or display something – like the textile – but it is as though it challenges what contemporary art is.

My second favourite sculpture was “Shaded” by Andrew Miller.

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This was the first sculpture that caught my eye. Made from the obvious lampshades and fluorescent light, it immediately captures the viewer, the carefully selected shades, which fit together perfectly, mostly consisting of pinks probably appeals more to the female audience. I think in ways it shows a progression in life as near the bottom there is a barbie lampshade, which could represent the 7 year old girl and therefore each shade may represent another year or stage in life. I truly like this sculpture and think it is a good example of modern sculptures and what today’s sculpture may be.

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One Comment
  1. Dianne Barry permalink

    Your observations and comments are insightful and illuminating. You have made me think differently about both these pieces of work.

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