“Fountain” by Marcel Duchamp

If you know nothing about what inspired Marcel Duchamp to create the piece above you may just see a urinal with some obscure writing across the lip, however, because of the context provided (the credit underneath the picture) you know it is “supposed” to be art. Following this realization you begin to develop an opinion of the piece. You may feel a certain way about the urinals you find in public restrooms, but regardless of how you feel about them in their utilitarian state your opinion of one as art will undoubtedly differ although your previous opinion will influence the “new” one.

Duchamp’s piece forces us to reexamine our relationship with the urinal whether we want to or not. But what is the significance of reexamining this relationship? That’s up to you. An artist may attempt to articulate the disparate, nebulous nature of the curiosity that inspires creation and the critic may attempt to fuse these same diverging elements together to sum up the creation, but when you view it, even with the influence of both the artist and critic, you find it curious in a personal way.

Over the last few months I have gotten away from interactive posts, mainly due to the fact that the commentary sections which follow these posts are often populated with trackbacks and pingbacks as opposed to wide-ranging insight from the diverse peoples who occupy this planet. Sounds a little bitter, doesn’t it? I’m not (I know no one reads this stuff), that’s why I’m going to give this another try. Here’s what I would like from you: post links to your favorite works of art (music, films, sculptures, paintings, etc.) and provide a reason why you dig them. This reason will never be able to encapsulate how you really feel about the work, but it gives the rest of us some insight into who you are which may pique our curiosity. *wink*

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
-Albert Einstein

I’ll get the ball rolling…


3 Responses to “Art…”

  1. 1 S.I.R May 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I was hoping this was going to be a show. I will add more to this soon.

  2. 2 Spaceman's Hairdo May 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Can’t wait for your contribution S.I.R. Maybe you can turn this into a “show.”

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