Tuesday, September 15, 2009
If it isn't one thing ...
Images from two artists crossed my computer screen recently – one was Betty Hechtman's crocheted cactus (see her blog for Saturday, September 5) and the other was the sculpture of Jonathan Ro-Schofield, whose medium is cardboard. (http://jonnycardboard.com/sculptures/sculptures.htm).
What they have in common besides the underlying creativity is that in both cases the artist is trying to make one material look like another: yarn to look like organic matter, cardboard to look like cake or jewelry.
Edgar Mueller’s street art is another extreme example (making it look as though there's a sink hole in the cement!), but we see this phenomenon more than we realize. On fabric, there’s every kind of imitative image from brick to flesh; painters try to make oil on canvas look like rolling hills or dukes and duchesses; needlepointers make thread look like water or flowers or trees.
... it's another.
And if you’ve ever seen Cow Art in Madison Wisconsin, as I did at Bouchercon one year, you know what I’m talking about in spades! One cow was painted to look like a Monet canvas, where, of course, paint was made to look like water lilies and bridges. I'm dizzy!
Miniaturists make big things look small; Oldenberg makes small things look big.
When I was a kid, we had a milk pitcher designed so that milk came from a cow’s mouth. (Wasn’t that the wrong end?)
I’m sure you have your own favorite examples. Or -- what are you twisting into something else right now?