I think I have become jaded to paintings. They all start to look alike and have started to fall into two categories for me. They are either A) religious: Mary, Jesus, a combination of Mary and Jesus, or some saint I don't know because I am not Catholic or B) some scene or person that means nothing to me because I am painting illiterate. You would think that after all the art we have seen and in all the places we have gone to see art, that something would stick, but alas, no. I am still art stupid.
Where does this leave me when we go to these places? It leaves me making fun of them in some way. It is awful, I know, but I can't help it! It doesn't help that Frankie laughs at my dumb jokes. He is an enabler!
I don't have many paintings (only three to be exact) to share from the museum and the ones I do are only here to poke fun of, but since you have been warned, let's begin.
First one, I am looking at this painting and there is something so disturbing about it.
So I go in for a closer look.
Egads! Did you see that monster disguised as a cherub?? That right there is just a nightmare waiting to happen!
Second one, is it just me, or does this look like a young Sheldon Cooper off of The Big Bang Theory??
Third and last one, this one is called Mousquetaire du Cardinal and while I have looked up the word mousquetaire (it means musketeer), I can't help but think of Mouseketeer. I doesn't help that his wardrobe is rather comical.
Ok, I am done making fun of the paintings. Next, we headed outside to the sculpture garden. Now, I love me some sculptures. I am not sure what the real difference is (besides the obvious, one is two-dimensional and the other is three-dimensional), but I am drawn to them more.
Maybe it's because they seem more limitless as to what they can be. They can be bigger than life and to me, need more imagination to create. Granted, I cannot paint or sculpt, so I might just be full of it here, BUT isn't that the whole point to art, you get to make up whatever you want about it and it has to be right because it is suppose to be based on feelings. Gag! Give me some algebra please!
Bring on the sculptures!
My darling husband took this one. Just look at those light rays! He did such a good job! By the way, if you are interesting in the names or artists just hover over the pictures or click on them.
Here is a fun piece. A man made entire of letters as opposed to having only a few letters radiating off him as above.
This one was so creepy and disturbing that I loved it!
Here is closer view of one of the "monkeys". Please take a moment to notice the monkey in the bottom right corner STARING right at you! Now try to go to sleep with that imagine on your mind! Bwahahaha!
If the monkeys don't give you nightmares, how about a spider that is so large you could walk under it!! I wanted to go stand under it and have Frankie take my picture, but I got a little creeped out and apparently watch too much television. All I could think of was that it was going to come to life and kill me if I stood under it.
Here is something nice after the last two, and if I EVER grow any trees (stupid drought and stupid heat and now stupid freezing nights) I am going to make some tree necklaces for them.
I am really glad there were people in this picture just so you can see exactly the scale of this safety pin. Isn't it fantastic?
When we saw this one it really bothered both of us. Obviously that is a black man hanging and with the history of our country it gives me shivers to know things like this actually happened. There was a plaque near it that helped explain the piece:
This sculpture, by the nationally renowned African American artist Alison Saar is a thought provoking memorial to victims of terror and violence. The man, while formally dressed, is presented in a torturous position; yet he appears brave and resolute, preserving his personal dignity. Saar has made the figure into a bell, inspired by Japanese temple bells, which are rung in purification rites. When the chain is pulled on the back, a deep mournful sound is heard. The title, Travelin' Light, is taken from a popular Billie Holiday song.
I think if we all practiced a little more of this next one, we wouldn't need art like the last one.
And finally, my absolute favorite sculpture in the whole garden.
"What is it?", you ask.
Well let's take a closer look!
And now from the front.
Just think of all the math that had to go into this! The proportions, the ratios, the similar figures! It is beautiful!
I still have a few more things to post about New Orleans, so I hope you will come back to check those out.
But until then!