Saturday, March 30, 2013

GUTAI, BAD FACE


If you think it's easy to take a naked self-portrait using your laptop's built-in camera. . . while maintaining a boner in one hand and holding a heavy art book in the other, here's some handy evidence to prove otherwise:


A very very special thank you to BSD reader Brian who purchased the catalog Gutai: Splendid Playground, currently on view at the Guggenheim until May 8th.  Without doubt, A Splendid Playground was one of the best shows I've seen all winter.  If you're unfamiliar with Gutai (like I was before seeing the show) let me explain: Gutai was an art collective from 1954 to 1972 based in Japan.  Known for their interactive, time-based work, Gutai influenced American heavy hitters like Jackson Pollock with a playful body of work that embraced humble materials and often incorporated human bodies (and body parts) as a potential medium.

An especially BIG "Big Shoe shout-out" to artist Shiraga Kuzuo, best known for large scale, two-dimensional work that Shiraga painted with his feet.  I might just have to borrow the idea and start my own series of boner paintings!




To hear the Samsung Chief Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Alexandra Munroe explain more about Gutai, consult this helpful introductory video.  If you'd rather just watch in amusement as I struggle to snap another picture of my boner, consult my Amazon Wish List.  

4 comments:

  1. Gaw damn, Colby! You put the ai-ai-ai in Gutai!

    *swoon*

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  2. PJ, 30, Tampa Bay, Fl.April 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Hey Colby, which book on your wish list would you want the most? Thats a huge list.. fitting, considering ;) lol

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  3. You're a great man Colby..... could they all be like you...... after all no, I prefer to have you that way.... just you.

    Hugs + Luv U !!

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