Wednesday, July 25, 2007

serra, photographer of the sun

images from the richard serra exhibition at the moma, nyc.


























enjoyment from looking very close at these sublime abstractions, inspired by the tales of dostoevsky getting close to paintings by standing on a chair.

do people look or talk about these work's rich surfaces?
a great study of serra's work would be to make an imaginary grid on the surface of one sculpture, and photograph each square foot (for another example of this technique, see the leonardo da vinci book leonardo: the last supper by the university of chicago, esp of john). this would surely be more informative than the humdrum and bunkum of most commentators.

for more abstractions go here

6 comments:

antonia said...

if i were rich I'd pay you to do such a study. you would be the perfect person do that. but meanwhile we have your blog...

kclare said...

This is making me very envious and desirous to travel! And, yet, the closest I’ll get to those surfaces in the next few months is, possibly, Rochester…

These are just stunning, Matthew, and so remind me of the surface of stones covered in rusty moss – remember those?

the art of memory said...

a. well thank you, i would enjoy the work,
and would have done it there on my own, but you are not allowed to take photos, i had to sneak these.

k. you could make an afternoon trip, by train? it would be worth it.
such a lovely show, and little kids running all around.
they enjoyed it more than the a-dults.
where were those stones? in salem?

kclare said...

I was thinking of the stones in Salem, but also at Hanging Rock and, of course, my favorites in Northern Scotland...

sroden said...

YOU should make that serra book. these are stunning... totally beautiful.

the art of memory said...

i would love to do that, might be tough to get a publisher and permission from the artist, but i might just look into it.