Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Surreal Weird


I can go there.

Regarding art, I am more of an Impressionist/Post-Impressionist fan. I've seen several of Monet's Water Lilies and Haystacks pieces and Van Gogh's Sunflowers (both the London and Amsterdam versions). I like the textured, stylized effect of the oil paint on the canvas and the range of vivid color and implied shadow.

What can I say - much of this art is vibrant, and I suppose it speaks to some of the vibrance inside me.

That said, I occasionally find a piece of modern art that provokes me to think - and that trips my trigger.

Enter Marilyn Minter's Green Pink Caviar - a short film that was developed by a modern artist who tends to show the more vulnerable, honest and damaged facets of humanity.

You have to click on the link above to see a portion of the video - give it a look, and you'll probably agree it's provocative and original.

The film shows a big, pink mouth and its tongue swirling around a series of colored, gelatinous substances, sometimes in overt, erotic fashion.

It was simultaneously beautiful, hot, raw, disgusting, ugly and sensual.

An interesting series of words that could apply to other erotic experiences.

Minter's other pieces got up-close-and-personal to subjects sporting smeared makeup, glitter, false eyelashes, sequins and other tools for enhancing beauty - but her approach is more reminiscent of a "Walk of Shame," rather than a fresh session in the powder room. The pieces speak to humanity's vanity and vulnerability, the fleeting pinnacle of beauty and the seedy side of glamour.

If you get a chance to swing by the Contemporary Art Center in Downtown Cincinnati - I suggest you stroll through Minter's collection.

It's weirdly beautiful.

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1 comment:

Ed said...

I would pay to see that in Imax. On mescaline.
Seriously that's one of the most impactful things I've seen in a long time. Many thanks for the link, and you suck for making me want to visit Cincinnati.