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Month: November 2005

Green Table

Green Table

Green Table by Jenny Holzer (1992) is a large rectangular table with dozens of “truisms” etched into the granite. I like this peice of art because it’s something I think I could do.

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I like that not only can you use the table as you would any other, you can perhaps gain some small nuggets of wisdom. However, some of the truisms are sexist towards men, and others just plain wrong, in my opinion. But I guess that’s the point – these are not truisms. Some are common sense, others are simply cleverly-worded opinion. Truisms on the table contradict other truisms. Read the list linked above and see for yourself.

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Standing

Standing

UCSD is home to a very unique art collection, the Stuart Collection. As of November, 2005 there are sixteen items in the collection scattered over the entire campus. As a way to practice using my new camera I’ll be taking photos of all the items and posting them on this website.

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My first posting is of Standing by Kiki Smith (1998). Personally, I think it’s a disturbing statue/fountian. The water running from her hands and the nails sticking out of her body aren’t a pleasant thing. Although the starfish nails are supposedly placed in the shape of the constellation Virgo, it’s hard to tell when you’re looking up at it. Also, the hands have rusted a dark red color, something like dried blood.

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