It’s been over a month since our last post featuring a slideshow. As I spelled out in that one, my bloghost (WordPress) seems to have cut down on the size of the pictures in the style of slideshow I was using, so I was trying a different type. That worked out okay but I think today I’ll go back to the old style, even though the pictures still look too small — but maybe that’s just me.
The subject matter is a series of ultra-realistic sculptures created by a talented artist named Ron Mueck. His creations are amazingly lifelike, but he purposely makes them smaller – or larger – than the real thing. (So people won’t start talking to them?) If you’d like to know more, here’s an article about him.
Joe Gaeta & Cengiz Yaltkaya – “Almost Real”
Is is just me, or are the Olympics not as big a deal as they used to be? Maybe it just seems that way, but it is easy to see why. For years there has been a lot of discussion about how difficult it is to keep the good stuff a secret until it can be shown on prime-time TV, and this time around I don’t think they’re even trying. After all, anyone with a TV, computer, tablet, or phone can pretty much see who is going for the gold, silver, or bronze any time they feel like it.
Our slideshow today features a different way of going for the bronze. Bronze sculptures have been around for thousands of years, and continue to be a popular medium for artists. Below are pictures of some interesting examples.
Boston Pops Orchestra – “Olympic Fanfare And Theme”
Regular visitors to the ol’ GMC will know that we occasionally feature a slideshow of unusual sculptures, a variety of art that has always interested me. In the past we’ve shown sculptures created in everything from cheese to sand to ice, but today’s subject has a different focus. The objects in the pictures below are made from a lot of different types of material, but they all have one thing in common — they’re quirky and funny.
Glen Gray & Casa Loma Orchestra – “Humoresque”
Although they’re usually grouped into a classification known as ‘public art’, the kind of sculptures shown in the pictures below might be better described as strange ideas turned into reality. Of course, ideas are a vital part of a true artist’s makeup — without them he (or she) is just a technician. Still, some of these seem extra strange.
Doors – “People Are Strange”
Once in a while, as a change of pace, I like to include one of those slideshow gizmos. Many of the shows I’ve featured in the past have consisted of pictures of sculptures that have been created by artists with some unusual ideas for materials. Just off the top of my head, I can remember having everything from ice to sand to cheese . . . or was that butter?
In any case, this time around I’ve included a series of pictures of mystery sculptures that are each of a different material. See if you can guess which is which.
The choices are gum, pencils, driftwood, bullets, bananas, trucks, canned food, and misc metal junk.
Miles Davis – “Mystery”