Art can inspire; it can wake up a room or invigorate aesthetic satisfaction in any viewer. But it can also colossally fail.
I remember going to a museum with my father. (This happened completely by accident. My mother and brother were at a birthday party, my father and I dropped them off at it, and the museum was somehow attached to it.) In said museum was an enormous white canvas with a single green square on it. That’s it. I’ll never forget the dismay on my father’s face. “This is famous?” he said. “Anyone could do this.” I wasn’t sure if he said it to me or to himself, but I replied: “You should’ve thought of it first.”
In the spirit of “you should have thought of it first,” here are 5 extraordinarily surprising pieces of… art. Or garbage. You decide.
5. According to news.arilook.com, South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa created this 10-story building by recycling 1,000 doors.
4. Nestled in the English countryside of Devon is a sculpture made of approximately 2,500 tan cans. It protests the amount of carbon monoxide created with the disposal of one tin can. Go figure.3. Patrick Bateman would j’adore this one. London sculptor Jill Berelowitz (whose name I had to triple-spellcheck, by the way — I need more sleep) created this spinelike sculpture for the Westminster City Festival by layering 24 female torsos made from resin. I can only imagine the amount of symbolism this piece has garnered.
2. The Gaga and I have two things in common: our love for Vogue magazine and a hip labral tear. (Disclaimer: I have no idea if Gaga actually loves Vogue, but I do. Fashion central.) Where we differ most strongly is in the fact that a meat dress makes me cringe in the deepest parts of my soul.
1. Because I’m full of contradictions, I’m including one that I like. My friend Jackie sent it to me. This is located at Museum Meermanno in the Hague, which is devoted to books. It catalogs manuscripts and all that accompanies them: manufacture, restoration, research, oh my. They’ve got stuff as old as 1501 but make sure to stay in the now by collecting books up through present day. Artist Alicia Martin designed her “Biografias” sculpture, which is displayed here (and, I’m guessing, won’t be moved). Must be a play on “word vomit.”
Like any of these? Hate ‘em all? Let me know in the comments!