art

bad book

Sun, 2010-11-14 12:11

I just finished reading Wassily Kandinsky's book, "Point and Line to Plane". Absolutely terrible. It purports to be a book of his art theory, but it is so weakly written, all pseudo-scientific nonsense, with many, many undefined terms and notions. It is worse than useless. A complete waste.

At least now, I get to read something else.

floor things

Sun, 2008-12-28 23:08

At MOMA in NYC last week, Jenni and I saw two works by the sculptor Claes Oldenburg, one titled "Floor Cone" and one titled "Floor Cake". Each was an oversized, soft, stuffed sort of sculpture of, respectively, an ice cream cone and a piece of cake. Both were sitting on the floor. They were made in 1962.

Here is an image of "Floor Cake".

Now, I mention this because one of the funniest five seconds of comedy ever created is from a Simpsons episiode in which Bart is practicing setting traps as part of his scout training. He sets a trap for Homer using a pie, which he puts on the floor as bait. When Homer sees it, he says "Mmmmm...floor pie", which is just hysterical. This is a favorite bit of funny of mine, and I've thought of it many time, and of the brilliance of its creation, so when I saw these artworks, I immediately wondered if perhaps they might have been, even subliminally, an influence on the creation of "floor pie". I can't find any evidence for this, but I think it is worth mentioning.

(I notice that the Simpsons wiki does mention the connection between these instances of floor things.)

gratuitous doodle 1

Tue, 2008-10-21 12:21