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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Currently Hanging

posted by on September 16 at 11:00 AM

Sean M. Johnson’s Family Portrait (2008), couch and Scotch tape

At Howard House. (Gallery site here.)

When I see this, I see the Brooklyn Bridge (especially Stella’s mightily straining thing). The next thought seems obvious: that family relationships are feats of engineering involving barely sufficient materials. I don’t mind that it’s obvious. I like it, and it’s true, and in the room with it, I can feel the whole thing about to fall.

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Really? I see a family couch on an altar, where a cross would be in a mainline protestant church, showing both the sacred nature of family and also its elevation to absurd rhetorical heights in the religious tradition.

And I'm not even a conceptual art person. The lighting and all the supports amplify the effect. Of course, I've only seen the piece in your post.

Anyway, thanks for the art snapshot of the day.

Posted by polite lurker | September 16, 2008 11:11 AM

What a pile of crap. Art blows.

Posted by Tiff | September 16, 2008 1:09 PM

This is actually a highly ornate means to keep the dog off the couch.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 16, 2008 4:33 PM

Is it literally, prosaically held up by Scotch tape? Because aside from the commentary, that is quite a feat.

Posted by Greg | September 16, 2008 5:39 PM

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