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I need some DL tastemakers to weigh in on this art installation

HUDSON, N.Y. — Earlier this year, an ailing 140-year-old hemlock tree died at Olana State Historic Site, the idyllic former estate of Frederic Edwin Church, a leading figure of the 19th-century Hudson River School. It was a significant loss, for reasons ecological, aesthetic and sentimental. Having stood sentinel on the lawn right outside Church’s fabled Persian-inspired villa, the hemlock was a living artifact of his artistic ambition, as well as his lesser-known proto-conservationist efforts, and was planted at a time when his attention had turned from painting detailed landscapes to designing them.

But as one chapter in the tree’s distinguished life ended, a vital new one began in the hands of a contemporary artist, Jean Shin, who is known for her large-scale installations made from society’s discards. Shin spent the early spring working on the green lawn of Church’s house-museum, where she transformed the once-majestic conifer into a site-specific sculpture. The muscular 40-foot trunk now lies atop two small boulders and has been meticulously fit with a patchwork of leather in shades of lemon yellow and sky blue. Shin arranged its bark in delicate piles beneath it, as though the specimen had shed its shell and undergone a magnificent metamorphosis.

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by Anonymousreply 3105/04/2021

It's stupid

The End

by Anonymousreply 105/03/2021

So pretentious and douchey as are all the people standing around it.

by Anonymousreply 205/03/2021

I like art.

by Anonymousreply 305/03/2021

It looks like Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 405/03/2021

She was the wrong choice for this commission, someone like Andy Goldsworthy would have been more appropriate. There should have been an honoring of the natural materials, not a desecration of them. If it needed to be an Asian American woman they should have gone with Maya Lin. Her Ghost Forest is a better example of what should have been achieved.

by Anonymousreply 505/03/2021

Would a conservationist concerned about the earth really want a dead tree covered in the skins of cows?

It looks like an unfortunate craft project circa 1974.

by Anonymousreply 605/03/2021

Agreed. Wrong artist. Glory of nature and the power of natural beauty is Church's vision and celebration. This work, which certainly has merits, offers none of that in the spirit of its place and history. Unfortunate. Opportunity lost.

by Anonymousreply 705/03/2021

FYI Ghost Forest.

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by Anonymousreply 805/03/2021

R8 That's a thoughtful art installation.

by Anonymousreply 905/03/2021

NY artist Roxy Paine would have been a perfect artist for the commission as well, his work honors the legacy of Church and would have been a piece that would be eternal in honoring the tree.

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by Anonymousreply 1005/03/2021

Joesph Wheelright is another artist that would have been a better choice. I haven’t worked in the arts in decades yet Goldsworthy, Lin, Paine and Wheelright were all choices I came up with in twenty minutes thinking about this. If the Olana curators couldn’t identify someone better, they should have gotten help from nearby Storm King, where many of these artist have works displayed and other artist more appropriate as well. Art Historian and curator jobs are hard to come by, but whoever made this choice should be fired.

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by Anonymousreply 1105/03/2021

Jean Shin = Con Artist

by Anonymousreply 1205/03/2021

[quote] I think that I shall never see.

[quote] A poem lovely as a tree.

These rich fetishists destroy the poetry.

by Anonymousreply 1305/03/2021

I like the concept, but the execution is totally wrong. It will look like shit and the leather will rot in a couple of seasons.

by Anonymousreply 1405/03/2021

'Charles,' said Cordelia, 'Modern Art is all bosh, isn't it?' 'Great bosh.' 'Oh, I'm so glad. I had an argument with one of our nuns and she said we shouldn't try and criticize what we didn't understand. Now I shall tell I have had it straight from a real artist and snubs to her.'

E. Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (1945), pg. 177

by Anonymousreply 1505/03/2021

So many untalented middle class want to be artists.

by Anonymousreply 1605/03/2021

16 posts and no one has mentioned ME??!?!?!!

by Anonymousreply 1705/03/2021

I think it’s interesting.

by Anonymousreply 1805/03/2021

R18 Why do you think it’s interesting?

Would you buy it? Would you put it in your living room or your back yard?

by Anonymousreply 1905/03/2021


And remove those cunts from my lawn, please. The grass will never grow back once they piddle on it.

by Anonymousreply 2005/03/2021


by Anonymousreply 2105/03/2021

A Keebler elf would've been a better choice.

by Anonymousreply 2205/03/2021


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by Anonymousreply 2305/04/2021

That looks absolutely nothing like Lucille Ball.

by Anonymousreply 2405/04/2021

It's temporary, I hope?

Because what happens if you leave colored leather out in the New England weather for a decade or two?

by Anonymousreply 2505/04/2021

R25 Olana is in NY, but I get your point, though decay might be part of the installation. I guess I need to go look at what the artist’s statement is for the piece.

by Anonymousreply 2605/04/2021

I'll be running for Mr. Gay New York this year. Do wish me well!

by Anonymousreply 2705/04/2021

In lieu of an artist’s statement I did find this video, which does go into the symbolism and sourcing of the leather providing better justification for the piece. But I would rather have seen her done something more similar to what she did at Storm King. Ultimately, the execution and the finished work seem off and missing the impact that should have happened with the piece. It’s definitely the weakest piece in her oeuvre.

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by Anonymousreply 2805/04/2021

Well don't just sit there like a brass studded leather patchwork bump on a log ....

by Anonymousreply 2905/04/2021

It's a shitty upholstery job on a dead tree.

The "art" part was finding (sourcing?) an Asian woman with a tack hammer and the effrontery to call herself an artist.

Pretty sure Church would have been deeply annoyed to see that on his lawn.

by Anonymousreply 3005/04/2021

It looks like Satan's Sybian.

by Anonymousreply 3105/04/2021
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