Discussion in 'Abstract, Still Life, Specialist and Macro' started by Rob MacKillop, Aug 10, 2019.
LeicaQ. Modern Art Gallery, Edinburgh. DxOPhotoLab2, LR6, Elements 11.
Hmmm... I do try to understand modern art, but that is just a dead sapling.
No, it's a chair
Most art (sweeping generality coming up!) is about tension and release. I hear it mostly in music, but I can see it in art, whether a painting on canvas or an installation.
So here we have a sapling inside an art gallery - clearly there is tension. What's it doing here?
Then you notice the floor boards - made of trees. Big increase in tension. Questions, questions.
That was the art work. My photograph is another work of art. By bringing the chair into view, more questions are asked. Is it part of the installation? Is it there for the public or the attendant? Why is no one sitting in it? No observer. What's the relationship between the chair and the tree. Am I meant to be looking at the tree or the chair, or both? Tension.
I tried to give it a Kubrick-like feel, a bit of alienation. It reminded me of a "negative" of the apes meeting the black monolith in 2001, with the roles reversed. Now it is the technological mind that looks in stupefaction at nature.
But where's the release? Ah, you have to supply that...
There are other currents...such as the electricity current signified by the socket...the "force that through the green fuse drives the flower", as Dylan Thomas said, is absent from the dead sapling.
And the light from the window illuminating and warming all, yet there is also an electric heater.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, very interesting.
Yes, I can see where you are coming from in that, the chair does add a number of questions and you have got a Kubrick-like feel to your picture. Maybe my observation software need upgrading, I am noticeably lacking in mojo this year.
I do like the contrasts and tensions in modern music. I am a fan of symphonic metal, the combination of a trained operatic voice, a growling death metal voice and crashing drums and guitars all work together and counterpoint each other so well in my opinion.
It works for me. Have seen Tarja Turunen live, seen Epica 3 times, all great gigs.
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