Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mundane Objects Great Images

A few months ago we saw some amazing sculptures of Cy Twombly at MOMA. They were done in the '50s, mostly made from mundane materials like old tools, distressed wood, etc., and all of them were painted white. Here's an example.

Twombly Sculpture

Twombly was able to take mundane articles, random pieces of wood, and doodle-like lines, elevating them to high art. I took this picture of salt stains on a car and dedicated it to his work.

Salting our way to Hell (after Cy Twombly)

Maybe it's when I grew up, maybe it's my years of being exposed to Abstract Expressionism, maybe it's just me. But I am super attracted to random shapes, lines, and textures. When these are the result of natural processes on man-made objects, all the better.


So it's no surprise I went through a time when I was assembling mundane objects to build into something that I would call art. Old biology transparencies, ignored slides, crumbling textbooks in the basement. All of these seemed to call out to be made into something more.

My Harvard Students at Myles Standish State Forest

It's different from "re-using and recycling." Repurposing these unpresupposing materials is, I think, a thing of beauty and inspiration.


1 comment:

  1. I don't see your beautiful salt stains as random at all: the process that created them is quite evident!