This is certainly the most entertaining story I've ever read about Bingo. Well done, sir!
"Somebody please explain to me how this TV monstrosity is relevant to our traditions or culture and why Watts New, which in additional to being visually stunning clearly embodies a theme of sustainability, innovation, and environmental consciousness did not even place."
Television is, culturally, one of the defining threads which connects us all together as Americans. Who today has a flat screen TV? Who doesn't?!
I know, I know, there are quite a few people who don't have a TV in fact, so I see where you are coming from. But isn't owning a TV considered part of the classically defined American Dream?
I think Chris' work plays off of this, especially at night, when viewed from across the street and seen in the larger context of the surrounding architecture. . .
To say " Watts New" did not place is slightly incorrect. It made it into the top twelve, it made it onto the streets. Maybe it didn't make it into the position of accolades for some reason we can't see, something that only spoke to the juror's heart may have held it back, or pushed the other pieces to the top.
The juror's obviously appreciated it. We still get to see it and talk about it.
To say this city is art starved seems incorrect as well. We're talking about 12 new public sculptures that are free to view. Whether you like them or not, they do offer an increased potential for cultural expansion and understanding. How are they not art?
How does the work in the downtown art walk, on first fridays, not meet the definition of art? Or the work hanging in Old Colorado City, at the BAC, at Mountain Living Studios, at CottonWood, at the Fine Art Center, at Smokebrush, at the Modbo, or S.P.Q.R., or any one of countless coffee shops or galleries ranging from Manitou to Powers not meet the definition of art?
I mean, sure, if you don't like the work then you can say its not art...but even then it's still "art" ...maybe its just "bad art".
And if it is "bad art" then why not let it be an influence which can push your own creative self away in a new direction?
Just because we are taught that the cultural center of our Society is New York, or L.A. does not mean the we not excel with our unique spirit and our own unique visual (or musical) language.
As viewers of art, we always have to be aware of how our preconceptions influence our opinion of the work.
I'm not sure you'll ever even see this, considering how much has passed under the bridge since your post, but I suggest you love what you love, and don't let those preconceptions dampen that love.
If you like "Wats New" then agknowlege it as art, appreciate how its glow adds to this city, pushing forth new ideas forth that drench us with its enlightenment.
"A big TV set is art? Come on get real. Henry Moore will be turning over in his grave."
And why not? I think it sits well in the space, and if you look at the narratives: either assumed, metaphorical, or literal there is certainly some compelling depth to explore intellectually (especially when you consider its companion piece).
Henry Moore certainly created many great sculptures, but why should his style, and the trends of that era which influenced his style, be the sole cultural reference when considering contemporary work?
That's a rather ambiguously bitter comment. Would you be willing to elaborate on why you feel the way that you do?
I'd say your assessment of the occupiers demands is incorrect in at least one regard.
Specifically, the occupiers are not asking for *everything* for free. I'd say they are asking for quite a bit less than everything.
That is all.
Great Photo, Bryan! And thanks, as well, to the Indy for all the great coverage of this inaugural event!
....I just re-read my comment below and left out a key word: "Further"..
Jumping on this group, or that group, (and we all know who ya'll are referring to) isn't helping the situation. These hate crimes hurt our community and have very much hurt individuals, and by blaming it on the most obvious target your language only encourages both sides to dig in and entrench themselves with their position, which further hurts our city and everyone living here.
No one likes to be unfairly blamed (and I'm sure the guilty hardly ever like being blamed at all), so when fingers are pointed unnecessarily, more bad feelings are generated and the gulf widens between the disparate parties.
Terrible things have happened, in our city and elsewhere. And I'm sorry to say I'm sure that terrible things will happen again sometime, somewhere. Instead of making an assumption about whose guilty, or whose to blame, do something positive, because claiming the side opposite to your own ideology is at fault is not helpful in the least.
- bradley flora
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