Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ha, ha, Modern Art, Giggle, Snort

Have you ever noticed how modern art can take any strange thing, or even any mundane thing, and call it art? How some artists make thousands of dollars selling paintings that are essentially nothing more than blowing some different colors of paint onto a black canvas with a straw? Or smearing it all over with their fingers? You know those pieces of fine art that people pay good money for the opportunity to see and tons of money for the privilege of owning it? Well, here's on that fits that mind-boggling category of art.

This not-to-be-missed exhibit is currently being showing in Seattle? The installation is a collaboration between Gallery4Culture and the Seattle Art Museum. You need to hurry because this art exhibit will only be available until the end of October. And you'll never guess the topic of this exhibit. Never ever. Not in a million years.

Wanna know what it is?

Orange traffic safety cones.

Giant ones.

Yep, you read that right. Someone made giant orange traffic cones...the ones used to block off or redirect traffic...and called it art. And someone else decided this was worth being put on exhibit as part of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.

I don't get it.

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Luke Holzmann said...

My best friend can't stand this kind of thing, and it always makes me think of a quote from "Adventures in Oddyssey":

"Umm, why are you chopping the table up with a chain saw?"

"Because it's art, Lucy! ART!"

...but I have several relatives who are artists. They inform me that part of art is about enabling people to look at the world in a different way. So, honestly, have you ever looked at a traffic cone that closely?

And how is that much different from the super closeup photos we have of raindrops on leaves?

As for me, I don't get modern art and like to smile at it as well. But I'm slowly learning that there may be something to this whole thing...

...of course, there are enough crazies out there to make this process rather difficult to do. [smile]


Unknown said...

LOL!!! Giant safety cones! This is so funny!! No doubt, some people will love it.