Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Illuminating

Spencer Finch, Moondust (Apollo 17), Venice Biennale 2009

Apparently the artist is "re-creat[ing] the molecular structure of moon dust gathered during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972." (ARTINFO) And upon contemplating this work at the Biennale, I'll admit that my mind did think about the molecular-like structure of the bulbs, although at the time I didn't realize it was referring to this specific historic moment. But then, contemporary abstract works are like that; more often the title reveals the intention of the work more than the work itself.

I think as a viewer, it is more important to focus on your own emotional/intellectual/guttural response to a work of art. In which case, mine was something like...
"ooooo....Lots of Sparkly Bulbs!" (mesmerized by the initial magical ambience) and then, "Oh, but what a waste of energy." (reality check.)

May the psychoanalysis commence. ;)

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