Sunday, September 10, 2017
Fascinating, Perplexing, Engaging
I had to come up with three new adjectives for todays post about the art exhibit I saw at the Phoenix Art Museum on Friday. I have three other pieces from the exhibit today and once again, all by Brazilian artists. The one above is called "Curtain of Wind" by Rodrigo Matheus. It's composed of several photographs of palm trees blowing in the wind with a wall mounted fan blowing on them to add to the effect. It made me smile.
This next was was a lot more thought provoking. This one has no title and it was created by Nazareth Pacheco. The artist has created a sparkly dress but, upon closer look.....
...you will see that it's made of shiny razor blades! Pacheco was born with congenital physical deformities and had to undergo numerous surgeries to correct her appearance according to traditional paradigms of female beauty. "Beyond the autobiographical, her works reference all of the aesthetic 'treatments' everyday women subject themselves to in order to approximate impossible ideals." Wow, now that is a pretty compelling statement.
In this last piece you will see the form of a person at a museum looking at a work of art. It's called "Note on a Lit Scene or Ten Thousand Pencils".
You guessed it, it's made from ten thousand pencils positioned so they form a scene when viewed from far away. This one is by artist Jose Damasceno.
As you can tell, this is a show that takes on many subjects and makes you think about what you are seeing. There is humor, irony and even a bit of madness there to be experienced.