28 October 2016

Farewell, Minneapolis

The farewell tour of Minneapolis included a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In the spirit of Halloween, a sculpture.

As a matter of fact, the whole post will be sculptures. I danced around becoming a sculpture major in my Fine Arts program. I still carry a love for figures to this day. Buddha's come in an enormous array of poses.

I was fed a steady diet of Greek and Roman sculpture in art school.

I grew to appreciate the more abstract views of the figure.

How far could an artist go with deconstructing a figure?

Sometimes the figure didn't even need to be there to convey presence.*

* detail of above photo showing dog tags used to make up the sculpture

Is a figure the sum of its parts? Do multiple jack-in-the-boxes make you immortal?

Or is sculpture an outline of a moment captured in time?

An art museum is a great place to ponder all kinds of questions, or just to sit and absorb. Art helps you explore the question - What does it mean to be human?  If you stand still long enough, art offers a small respite from the ordinary. And sometimes we all need that.


Kathleen Cassen Mickelson said...

Nice selection from the MIA here. That coat made from the dog tags is one of my favorite things there. You'll have to come back to tour the other galleries that we missed on our speed tour!

Constance Brewer said...

I still want to do the Walker. But only if the sewer is fixed!