December 18th, 2012, 8:35 pm

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daviddoesntgetit December 18th, 2012, 8:47 pm

The exhibits that day were pretty interesting! I have a lot to say about them but I shouldn't. I think my favorite of Ai Weiwei's were his abstract pieces because, for some reason, his work with an actual message were predictable somehow.

He had this great one of an inverted log that was smooth on the outside, but had the bark texture on the inside. It looked great. The actual old vase with the Coca Cola logo in silver on it was also very effective, I think.

Connor really enjoyed the photographs of a hand giving the Forbidden Palace and The White House the middle finger, haha.

He also liked the street artist that had a video piece playing that I thought was not very interesting. It was projected on three screens and I didn't really understand why it was, it just didn't seem like a very effective spatial piece. The sound design made me laugh because... it's every video art student's go to, really, but the content was intriguing to Connor.

It was a bunch of the street punk anarchists parkouring(?) in a graveyard full of old revolutionaries through time. An interesting contrast, when it comes to political art, I really enjoy South American political art. It's always really powerful.

And the piece in the basement with the text was... I dunno. I guess it didn't work for me, the text seemed to take away somehow, take the focus as opposed to Heavy Industries. I understand the text had meaning, and it would have meant less in regular print as opposed to large scale as it was but... I guess those two elements felt separate from each other.

Hm. Somehow the piece didn't feel spatial, it just felt like words printed on surfaces, y'know what I mean? It's kinda like a billboard. Haha. It's hard to describe.

My favorite piece of the day though! Wasn't that light box in the comic there, though that was a great piece, it was a video piece that was off to the side in its own room. It had two projectors, each projecting on either end of the room. On one end was a baseball pitcher throwing baseballs over and over, on the other end were the objects he was throwing baseballs at.

Without knowing the piece, you would automatically fall the imaginary trajectory of the ball. Two flat videos forced you to follow a gap that your mind filled in, it asked that you performed an action effectively. I dunno, I thought it was great, Connor thought it was being too clever. Haha. He accused video artists of just trying to be smartasses, haha.

Yeah. I learned something at a young age, as I go on, I have to learn to judge art as if I were back in college where we were all being incredibly critical of each other's pieces. Just because an artist is renowned doesn't mean you have to like them.

And modern art is fun guys! Ignore the fucking art critics and art gallery goers, ok? Most of them are pretentious assholes. I learned in high school modern art is actually really simple, it's about the experience. You just look at it and feel something and you figure out whether you like it or not. Doesn't matter if it has hidden meaning or not! Haha.

Oh, jesus christ. I wrote a shitload. I'm sorry, none of you have to read this, haha.

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NamiChan11 December 18th, 2012, 9:05 pm

Hey me and my UNI were just there actually! Ai Weiwei is an inspiration isn't he? (It's funny that you were really accurate with your interpretations. Well not so funny. The wall of names were the list of children who died because of "tofu construction"). I had the pleasure of seeing his documentary "Never Sorry." His art is so meaningful. I recommend watching the movie.
On another note, I love your drawing style. I've gotten over excited about art too, haha!

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MilkChii December 19th, 2012, 1:34 am

@daviddoesntgetit: Ah~ I love art! And it seems like you enjoyed it as well eh? xD

The two videoprojecters sound interesting indeed. I think I might duck even to try and not 'get hit'. haaha

Don't worry about talking too much. When it comes to art, you sometimes just get too excited~ :)

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Elivier (Guest) December 19th, 2012, 6:39 am

I know nothing about art, but it's rather adorable that you get so passionate about it. I mean that in a good way of course! Because it's good to be passionate about something. And it's awesome that it's art! Er... so where is that place anyway?

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roxjey December 19th, 2012, 10:11 am

aww you look so happy is so cool XD

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brumagem December 19th, 2012, 11:41 am

ART SCHOOL! ART SCHOOL! ART SCHOOL!

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daviddoesntgetit January 8th, 2013, 10:34 pm

@NamiChan11: Wow, really? That's awesome!

Haha, yeah, funny in a dark way. Yeah? I haven't had time to watch movies lately... sounds interesting.

THanks for that. Haha, I was not over excited! I was excited just enough, haha.

@MilkChii: Yeah! Fine arts was my focus in college so I every once in a while I miss being in that mindset. Nowadays it's just figuring out what the client wants, haha.

Yeah, I really liked those two projectors. I still think about it, haha. Makes me want to do my own project with mini projectors.

Haha! I was not over excited! It was... it was just enough, I swear.

@Elivier: Aughhhh. Hahaha.

Oh, where the museum is? The Hishhorn is in DC. I try to go there a lot since the museums are all free. I really like MoMA but it costs money to get in... and it's 6 hours away. Haha.

@roxjey: Haha... fine. I give up. Haha.

@brumagem: I miss art school.

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So true !

Tanuki? April 21st, 2013, 7:35 pm

This comic reminded me of how I like going to art exhibitions with my mother (and sometimes her colleagues), because she explains things about the artworks, that I either didn't notice or didn't know -she's an art historian.

Strangely(?), when it comes to modern art, I don't really need her to explain anything.
Probably because, like you said, the particular feeling a piece gives/transmits you (if it's an effective, powerful one) is enough and/or works as a starting point for a better understanding of it.
Also, it's interesting -maybe?- how usually the art from before the 1st half of the 19th century doesn't work like that on me, I don't react to it as emotionally as to more "recent" art.

So, what you said about art in general at the end of the comic, and about modern art in your comment is so true! I feel exactly the same way.
Which is why I sometimes can't see/look at to much art pieces at a time, particularly modern art, because it somehow gets to emotionally owerwhelming (maybe like to many people talking to you all at the same time?; is it weird?).

God, every time I leave a comment, I end up feeling like a total egocentric idiot !
But well, I already wrote all that, so I'm still gonna send it.
Still, sorry if I was boring, too long or whatever...