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   wolf  Saturday Sep 25 12:24 AM

September 25, 2010: Yes, Sir, That's Mueck's Baby ...

But whatever you do, don't put a picture of it on a bus in Calgary.

Quote:
Calgary Transit has rejected a Glenbow Museum advertising campaign showing a sculpture of a naked newborn baby.

Senior managers made the decision after reviewing a photo of the sculpture, said spokeswoman Theresa Keddy.

(article from CBC)
Calgary Transit did offer a compromise. You can put a picture of a bloody, naked, pretend baby on a bus, but only above the pupik.

If you don't know what is a pupik, ask richlevy or consult your copy of Leo Rosten's The Joys of Yiddish.

What I thought was particularly interesting about this series of photos is that it's showing what you don't usually see ... the installation of the piece.

Plastic wrap is not a toy.

We've featured Ron Mueck's work before as an IOTD, back in 2004. I don't think that piece is quite as exciting. There's something disturbing about a wrinkly, bloody, just extruded baby girl.

Someday she will be a teenager and will do things like asking for the car keys or going on dates. With boys.


ZenGum  Saturday Sep 25 01:56 AM

The other other white meat.

You reckon they're preparing to slow roast it over a low fire?



SPUCK  Saturday Sep 25 05:35 AM

How is That art?

It's a model of something real. It's not art any more than a photo of a chair or a plastic cow in front of a feed store is.



Trilby  Saturday Sep 25 06:46 AM

Ummmm.


No.



spudcon  Saturday Sep 25 09:36 AM

Is that a slice of whole wheat bread under the head in the first picture?



footfootfoot  Saturday Sep 25 09:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
How is That art?

It's a model of something real. It's not art any more than a photo of a chair or a plastic cow in front of a feed store is.
OK, let's don't start that discussion again.


Undertoad  Saturday Sep 25 10:24 AM

No let's! This is definitely art and it evokes much emotion and complicated thought.



wolf  Saturday Sep 25 10:43 AM

Damn. I just thought it looked amazingly creepy.

Cow orker got these in his email. He's a fine artist, which is great, when a patient challenges his credentials, he shrugs and says, "I have a bachelor of fine arts."



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Sep 25 01:52 PM

Creepy is an excellent description.



Sheldonrs  Saturday Sep 25 07:07 PM

Is the vagina that came out of part of the exhibit? Cuz THAT would be one scary show!



footfootfoot  Saturday Sep 25 08:48 PM

I think as a piece of art, the head of the baby draped in plastic is way more arty than the whole thing assembled. And I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.



Clodfobble  Saturday Sep 25 09:48 PM

The head wrapped in plastic and the full-body baby are different pieces. Look at the scale difference. The plastic-wrapped head is 7-8 feet tall, the horizontal head is half that...



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Sep 25 09:51 PM

I've found baby heads usually swell when I wrap them in plastic, of course severed heads, not so much.



Elspode  Saturday Sep 25 11:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Is the vagina that came out of part of the exhibit? Cuz THAT would be one scary show!
I think they just put some hair around a loading dock door for that.


footfootfoot  Saturday Sep 25 11:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
The head wrapped in plastic and the full-body baby are different pieces. Look at the scale difference. The plastic-wrapped head is 7-8 feet tall, the horizontal head is half that...
I completely missed that. I was wondering why the baby's expression looked so different from a different perspective.

Very clever Clodfobble.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 26 12:02 AM

Proof.

Quote:
The Glenbow didn't think it would be appropriate to take the sculpture out of context, she said. So they decided to use an image from a different sculpture, called Head of a Baby, which is a huge close-up of a newborn infant's head. The ad was approved and the transit campaign started Monday.



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