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Latest entrant in the Ugly Public Art universe.

What were they thinking?

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by Anonymousreply 19October 16, 2021 3:03 AM

Oh and this.

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by Anonymousreply 1October 15, 2021 10:55 AM

Only white men should make art about other white men. It's triggering to depictions of women and minorities (unless they are completely naked).

by Anonymousreply 2October 15, 2021 11:29 AM

Oh, dear... Jaume Plensa's sculpture doesn't bear any relation to its surroundings, which is something that public sculpture should ALWAYS do. It reminds me of the sort of things that Lorenzo Quinn creates and, in another context, I would find it rather charming. At least it is realistic and it requires knowledge of perspective, proportion and possibly, actual sculpting technique.

That thing that looks like The Blob covered in acrylic scales @R1, is utterly vile. The outside is hideous and tacky, while the inside looks like something out of a Disney World attraction for the Little Mermaid... The pink clam shells are particularly horrid. This Pamela "sculptor" is a joke. Look at the incredibly tacky fountain she has created in the link below. It looks like something out of a cheap 1960s roadside hotel and casino.

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by Anonymousreply 3October 15, 2021 11:50 AM

[quote] Jaume Plensa's sculpture doesn't bear any relation to its surroundings, which is something that public sculpture should ALWAYS do

Gotta agree with you here.

I love his work and the piece he had in Madison Square Park about 12 years ago was great. This...not so much...

by Anonymousreply 4October 15, 2021 11:54 AM

Is this thing made of chalk or asbestos?

It will show the mildew and dribble-stains.

by Anonymousreply 5October 15, 2021 12:04 PM

It looks a quarter-way creepy as this odd, pale thing.

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by Anonymousreply 6October 15, 2021 12:15 PM

It’s better than the most prominent public art in Jersey City.

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by Anonymousreply 7October 15, 2021 12:20 PM

R3 Lorenzo Quinn veers more towards kitsch.

by Anonymousreply 8October 15, 2021 12:27 PM

R3 The entire thrust of the article about where the sculpture is set and its surroundings. Reading is fundamental.

by Anonymousreply 9October 15, 2021 12:30 PM

They didn't have the balls to just make a full-on Zardoz head.

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by Anonymousreply 10October 15, 2021 12:37 PM

If he really wanted to troll NYC, he should have sculpted a huge one of these so that New Yorkers could see it daily and be ashamed of what they spawned.

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by Anonymousreply 11October 15, 2021 2:15 PM


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by Anonymousreply 12October 15, 2021 4:39 PM

It reminds me of David Adickes' statues.

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by Anonymousreply 13October 16, 2021 12:45 AM

I think it’s pretty. I wonder how that ages. I didn’t look closely enough to see if it does engage with the context but I don’t necessarily agree that public art has to engage with the immediate context. It’s not a piece of architecture. Public art sometimes is about meaning, and that meaning might not be present at the site already, and if the artist isn’t interested in form as a driver then it’s tricky to make it relate to the site. Anyway as I said, I think it’s pretty, but as always with this stuff subjectivity is the shifting sands of its success.

by Anonymousreply 14October 16, 2021 12:54 AM

[quote] the shifting sands

You adore it now but will abhor it later.

by Anonymousreply 15October 16, 2021 1:10 AM

What an idiotic piece of art.

And after googling this artist, he has done this sculpture before. So he's recycling his previous work while collecting grant money.

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by Anonymousreply 16October 16, 2021 1:42 AM

Most so-called artists are shysters. But they shouldn't be using our money to feed their vanity!

by Anonymousreply 17October 16, 2021 1:53 AM

R16 it’s called ‘recontextualizing’ lol. Idk i think of it like a comedian repeating jokes, you can’t expect them to rewrite their act for every performance. And he obviously thinks this one is great or he wouldn’t repeat it? But that’s the positive spin I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 18October 16, 2021 2:45 AM

R18 It's not the same as comedians. And who cares if he likes it? He was paid (commissioned) to do something for the community, not himself.

This guy re-used his previous generic work, applied it to Jersey City, and then BS about the meaning of the sculpture saying it's an homage to the water. His previous sculpture had no water.

by Anonymousreply 19October 16, 2021 3:03 AM
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