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wolf 09-25-2010 12:24 AM

September 25, 2010: Yes, Sir, That's Mueck's Baby ...
 
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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 09-25-2010 01:56 AM

The other other white meat.

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

SPUCK 09-25-2010 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 09-25-2010 06:46 AM

Ummmm.


No.

spudcon 09-25-2010 09:36 AM

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

footfootfoot 09-25-2010 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by SPUCK (Post 684876)
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 09-25-2010 10:24 AM

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

wolf 09-25-2010 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 09-25-2010 01:52 PM

Creepy is an excellent description.

Sheldonrs 09-25-2010 07:07 PM

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

footfootfoot 09-25-2010 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 09-25-2010 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 09-25-2010 09:51 PM

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

Elspode 09-25-2010 11:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Sheldonrs (Post 684954)
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 09-25-2010 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 684980)
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.


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