Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More...Is That Art?

Is this art? This "piece" was especially created for underwater viewing. I kinda like this. It's eerie, but somewhat beautiful. I'm still not sure it's "ART" though.


cinco December 16, 2008 at 2:49 PM  

I like it.

It's more 'art' to me than somethings I've seen; recently 60 minutes featured an artist where I couldn't get past his painted broken plates wall or his paint thown against the canvas. Isn't that finger painting? He's making too much money for that stuff!

Miriam December 16, 2008 at 3:05 PM  

Hi PT,

Its definitely eerie. But I'm the last person to comment on art.

(I used to think all plates were for serving food. lol)

wisdomteachesme December 16, 2008 at 3:09 PM  

ok pt, first i need a bit more info on this...who did it and where is it located?

now as far as being art--if a person calls it art--then for them-it's art.
that does not mean it wil be art for another viewer.

i'll have to know some more info on it before i make my decision about if it's art.

the first thing though that hit me is--hummm is it a tribute to the slaves killed on the passage over to america--and if so, then it is a wonderful tribute--BUT--i'll not be going underwater to view it--lolo
so if it's art--is it wasted on the masses and could it have been--see there i go...lolol
let me get some more info on it--

wisdomteachesme December 16, 2008 at 3:14 PM  

ok, here is a link with an interview --let me read about this british man who creates "The Underwater Sculpture Park is the work of British sculptor Jason Taylor, who has a passion for creating some wonderful and unique pieces of work depicting Grenada’s colourful history and folklore and placing them underwater."




Anonymous,  December 16, 2008 at 4:33 PM  

very interesting!

iLuv Brooklyn December 16, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

Am I the only one that immediately thought this 'art' = the precious cargo (dead slaves) they dumped at sea?

Very interesting indeed.

Claudia December 16, 2008 at 9:46 PM  

This is amazing. Certainly, yes, yes, yes, it is art. Anything that moves us, challenges us to think, inspires us to reflect on the Big Questions of life - can and should be considered "art." If not, then, respectfully, we need to redefine that term altogether.

In this sculpture - regardless of the artist's intent - I see so many lives lost to the Middle Passage and slavery... It is definitely eerie. But how fascinating that these figures are standing, not crouched, and although their wrists appear to be bound with chains, their hands are touching protectively. To top it off, they are all joined. They've come together in this circle and so, really, isn't it ironic how this sculpture commemorates both pain and strength? Loss and hopefulness. I wish I could see it underwater for myself. But this picture is powerful enough.

Sorry to get all emotional (I should probably go write my own blog post about this piece - LOL!) Thank you for posting this picture, Prof. Tracey.

Claudia December 16, 2008 at 9:48 PM  

Oh, and wisdomteachesme - thanks for posting those links!

Professor Tracey December 17, 2008 at 2:58 AM  

@Everyone -

ya'll got all deep on a sista with this one! I love it! This must be art since it's inspiring such reactions, ideas, and thoughts! Very cool everyone!

wisdomteachesme December 17, 2008 at 9:16 AM  

@claudia you are welcome,
@iluvb no you are not the only one--that is the first thing that hit me also. (see above)

please permit me to go a bit further in the explanation i gave for 'is it art?' i will not go 'too deep' PT. lolo

when an artist creates anything because that person is an artist--then yes, it is art.

when other people view it and don't like it--that only means they do not like the art=it does not apeal to them it does not speak anything to them----it is still art-whether they believe it or not.
i have viewed good art and very bad art--it still is art.
my not liking the piece does not make it 'not art'.

now, there are imitators out there pretending to be artists--that is a different subject for discussion all together.

i do like this and a few of his other sculptures. interesting and a different spin concerning the placing of where the art can be viewed. Very non-traditional. but not necessarily a bad choice of placement--just different.

had he put all of this in a gallery or museum, would it have the same impact as seeing pics of it underwater--probably not as strong of an impact--but nonetheless, it would be a strong impact. mainly the one of the people holding hands--i feel would make a impact regardless of where it is exhibited!

it's the images and what they say to each viewer.

i think the one of the people forming a circle is erie to some, because of what we know about the deaths of the people during the middle passage and it's almost like they died standing up holding hands shouting 'the circle be not broken!'

good post PT! very good direction.

for me-i like this one better than the others he made simply becaue of the connection i see to the middle passage that sits strongly in my spirit.

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