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Monday, December 23, 2013

Construction Art Show Right Here at 11th & Pine

Posted by on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I was just walking along the damp streets minding my own business this morning, listening to Nina Simone's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and quietly weeping like a total French person, when BAM! Right here on the corner of 11th Ave and Pine, at an active construction site whose demonic noises have set our teeth on edge for months now... An art exhibit. Or a show, really—they're for sale:

Good morning! All art ready to hang or guard door.
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  • Good morning! All art ready to hang or guard door.

Why "ready to guard door"? Well, there is a dog art. (It is below the jump.) The work is bargain-priced ($30?!), made of salvaged construction materials from the building, and the wall text is super-duper. They say the money will go to the "taco/coffee fund." This is GREAT. Maybe I was just in a good mood, though? A French mood, a mood that says a surprise construction art show automatically gets some points? I sat down for an interview with resident art critic Jen Graves to see if I was off base.

I was not, it turns out. Graves, whose initial reaction was to say of the work both "Right on" and "High five," which I believe is some sort of art code. (Not completely dismissive, but certainly not embracing the concept, either.) Then we went down and viewed them together, at which point she sort of curled inward onto herself in a sort of spasm caused by adorableness/joy. Then we mused about owning an art made out of the guts of the building where you work, which seems strange and lovely. More photos (and wall text) below the jump.

Wall text: Title: Heal, Heal, Heal... WTF Sit, Stay. Goodboy. Of: Galvanized vent pipe (no poo through) liberated from old confused plumbing. Measures: 15 L x 17 1/2 H x 3 W
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  • WALL TEXT: Title: "Heal, Heal, Heal... WTF Sit, Stay. Goodboy." Of: Galvanized vent pipe (no poo through) liberated from old confused plumbing. Measures: 15" L x 17 1/2" H x 3" W

WALL TEXT: Project site discard material art work. All art produced during the course of this project. Made from waste materials that were to be thrown away. All proceeds go to workers lunchtime taco/coffee fund. Inquire within to purchase. Thanks, il
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  • WALL TEXT: Project site discard material art work. All art produced during the course of this project. Made from waste materials that were to be thrown away. All proceeds go to workers lunchtime taco/coffee fund. Inquire within to purchase. Thanks, il

Excuse the terrible photography, please. It is all behind a very reflective window. This is SANDSEASKY.
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  • Excuse the terrible photography, please. It is all behind a very reflective window. This is "SANDSEASKY."

 

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treacle 1
''Je suis l'ombre de ton ombre,
Je suis l'ombre de ta main,
Je suis l'ombre de ton chien,
...ne me quitte pas,,


I personally prefer the Jacques Brel version, because it is somehow even sadder and more hearttorn than the words themselves can possibly mean. But Ms. Simone's is always excellent.
Posted by treacle on December 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Fnarf 2
Probably "ready to guard door" in case the asshole who robbed Mr. Tennis wanders by.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 3
@1, woof. So good. http://youtu.be/0k63grkip5I
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on December 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
treacle 4
@3 Bon Dieu! Merci beaucoup!
Posted by treacle on December 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM · Report this
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father, you mock me.
Posted by Azzam on December 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM · Report this
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Construction art that i never seemed this before, Really good work.
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Power tools
Posted by Briston on December 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM · Report this
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Construction art that i never seemed this before, Really good work.
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Power tools
Posted by Briston on December 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM · Report this

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