Tuesday, April 28, 2009

But... what does it MEAN?

The museum in question is the Reina Sofia, the museum that houses the Guernica, among other things. The vast majority of the museum was really sick: tons of DalĂ­, Picasso, and all those homeboys and honeys. It is still hilariously pretentious though. There really was a giant black square on the wall called "Untitled," and you can bet they paid many thousands of dollars for it. I was with my parents and we got the audio tour, which afforded much comedic value. One exibit, a bookshelf full of wood chips, had an audio clip of the artist describing the piece, which went something like this:

"I was renting a house near my daughter's school, and I brought some books with me to work on. One morning they caught the light in quite a pretty way, and I said 'that's it! there's my subject! books!' I use hard wood; it's less pourous and requires less treatment. I made the wood into timber and I chopped it into pieces. I'm sort of the opposite of a sculptor. While a sculptor uses solder, I use white glue. When I use white glue to attach the pieces of wood together, it feels as though I'm establishing connections between them."

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