Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

So art history has just recently started into modern art, which is of course everyone's cue to either extol it as the greatest thing ever to happen to mankind (Ariel Schnur), or to complain about how it's stupid, and it's dumb, and it's not even art, and it's dumb (Johnny V).

Particularly constroversial is that non-existent non-movement, Dada. Crazy non-art from crazy anti-artists determined to show, through art, how pointless art is. I personally don't like it as art, but one piece led to a marvelous string of puns. It was Man Ray's (yes, that's his name) Cadeau (gift in french, typical dada jerk-off title), an old-fashioned iron with a HILARIOUS line of nails glued to the bottom:
John Valesano: I don't know, it seems kind of pointless...
Max: Pointless? Hardly!
JV: Oh, well, I see your point.
Max: I'LL say!

Just taste of the wonders offered by modern art discussion.

(I saw Jesus Christ Superstar today. It was good, except for is wasn't as completely awesome as the professional rock-opera we all know and love. Wait, so we all know and love it or is that just me?)

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At 1:22 AM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

yeah. dada. who needs it. did you know that the origin of the name of this movement is a sound that an infant makes, hence a clever title for art that attempts to reach the very basic elements of life and mankind. i wish that i had taken the opportunity to have a class with mr lade. i hear hes good, and im sure he's better than my art history prof...

At 10:17 AM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

Dada. Good stuff.

On an Art History related strain, let me meander a bit:

One day, Jarid Johnson, Nick Nathan, some other inconsequential characters, and I are all standing in the back corner of Lade's room before school. Nick takes a playing card and, with the flick of his wrist, sends it flying. THUD! Right into the wall. It literally stuck into one of Lade's art posters. Jarid starts running up toward it when Mr. Lade steps into the room and turns an evil eye to the source of the card which he just saw - literally two feet in front of him - stab his poster. Jarid almost died in stride.

Anyway, I was relating this story to Max and Tay at KB, and I told them how the card was stuck in a painting, I don't remember which one, but it's the triptych at the front of the room.
Tay: "What? You mean the Garden of Earthly Delights?"
Jason: "Yeah, I think so... the triptych."
Tay: "No, Jason. That's not a triptych. You're not in Art History. You wouldn't know."
Jason: "Uhhh... whatever."
Max: "Wait, you're talking about the Garden of Earthly Delights?"
Tay: "Yeah."
Max: "That one is a triptych, Tay."

Then Tay managed to argue for about five minutes before conceding that I had been right. But I wouldn't know.

At 11:44 AM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

haha. speaking of multi-canvas paintings, id like to share a somewhat amusing anecdote...

so the other day, me and my dad were taking down a show in one of the galleries that included diptychs and triptychs, and i asked him which piece the museum had purchased, and he told me that they had bought the diptych, and i was all "are you serious, i like the triptych better.." and whatnot, and all this tych talk (haha) got me wondering, so i asked him what it would be called if it had more than three pieces, he said he couldnt really remember off hand, perhaps "polytych". haha. get it. polytych. politic. so funny. but yeah, turns out its polyptych.

At 1:44 PM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Amelia said...

were you using metal-edged playing cards? I don't see how that could penetrate the wall.
as an art history major, I may have to agree with Tay. A poster can't be considered a tryptych. The whole three-sections decorated on both sides aspect is lost when reprinted on a one-sided poster.

At 7:20 PM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

Well, the original is a triptych.

And no, the amazement is really that it was just a normal playing card. I was back in Lade's room trying to find the slit that it had made, but being a fairly busy scene, the cut didn't immediately stand out. I started running my fingers across the poster until I looked over and saw Lade giving me a really weird look for stroking his art.

At 8:20 PM, April 30, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

This comment thread is just anecdote central. Don't you people have your own blogs?

Our book said dada was french for a child's hobby horse, which sorta makes sense, what with the whole absurdity thing and all, but what do I know.

And I don't think tay wasn't arguing that the poster itself wasn't a triptych, he was saying that the original was not.

At 8:23 PM, April 30, 2006, Anonymous amy said...

so i went to target today and i found a 'nice' frame...i know you had said something about framing a picture we make... its obviously plastic but it has the oldfashioned big width carved wood look to it... its 30 bucks which would be easy enough to get 15 people to donate 2 bucks... just a thought... but i really think you should bring it up in class about getting started on a project... its getting late!

At 8:52 PM, April 30, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

RIGHT good point we should get on that.

How big is the frame? That's really all we need to determine before we can make this painting.

I guess I can do it this next week or weekend. Anyone want to help with supplies or labor?

At 9:05 PM, April 30, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

max, you could be right about the dada thing, i often wonder how much of the stuff that my art hist prof says is legitimate...

At 8:08 AM, May 01, 2006, Blogger Samwalkertron said...

Ironic Iron. Ha.

Also, I don't think this piece should be framed.

At 7:00 PM, May 01, 2006, Blogger Sherlock said...

I'm definitely leaning towards something dada for the final project now, and it should have something to do with tay, and/or a mustache.

At 10:57 PM, May 01, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

New theory:
All modern artists secretly hate art fans. All modern art is produced to spite them. They seriously hate you.



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