Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Yes, But is it Art?

There’s this circular flower bed in the parking lot right in front of my office building that used to have three flagpoles in it. Not too long ago, they completely rebuilt the spot, removing plants, poles, and everything.

Within a couple of days, the whole area became a plateau of concrete. Then, a few days later, this... thing appeared.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know all that much about art. I mean, Mrs. MZM, now she’s quite the accomplished artist (in oils and acrylics, mainly). But as for me, well, I’m afraid I couldn’t draw my way out of a paper bag.

But still... I’m always puzzled by what other people call, y’know, art.

Take this little jewel, for instance. I mean, ya gotta wonder; just exactly what the heck the artist was thinking when he created this thing? Or maybe it was it a lucky accident? (It’s easy to get a bit cynical about this stuff, isn’t it?) Did a pile of steel fall out of a passing truck and sorta landed in this configuration, or was it deliberately built, piece by piece?

C’mon, admit it. When you see stuff like this, isn’t it true that 99 out of 100 times you find yourself thinkin’ the question, too: Yes, but is it ‘art’?

Image: Yes, but is it Art? by Robert Hruzek


Brad Shorr said...

When they first plopped the Picasso statue down in Daley Plaza in Chicago, a lot of people thought it was a practical joke. Now it is universally considered a masterpiece. Give that thing a few more years.

Robert Hruzek said...

Maybe a few decades would help... but I don't know, Brad...

Tumblemoose said...


Actually I saw one of those on an early Star Trek Episode. it's a portal that leads to random places along the space-time continuum. So, you could end up at that very spot in 2008. Or, say, 2009 when it's originally posted. Hehehe.


Robert Hruzek said...

Oh, sure; but do I need to wait for Joan Collins to show up before I can use it? Might be a long wait. Especially since she was, y'know, run over by a car in that episode.

Dan said...

Robert, what's the context for this sculpture? There's got to be a context. Please let there be a context.

Robert Hruzek said...

Context? What context? It's just sittin' there... like it doesn't care.

Lillie Ammann said...

This looks like an angular cousin to the "egg" sculptures in front of the Central San Antonio Public Library: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysapl/2558697809/in/set-72157604106146565/

Robert Hruzek said...

Lillie, that looks like a stop-motion photography of one of those bowling ball return-thingies. Except, of course, it would crush me!

For some strange reason I'm getting this mental image of Indiana Jones running for his life, as that big giant boulder rolls after him... :-\