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Button Sunday

September 6th, 2009 (06:44 pm)

current mood: tired

Wouldn't that be something? That button is from the early 1970s, after the big break-up. I told Tim I felt like I'd gone back in time when I received this recent issue of Rolling Stone.

Back in February 2008, Lisa and Mark were in Houston. They, along with Lindsey and Tom, went downtown to shoot some photos, which I often go back and look at in their LJs and Flickr sets. Included are photos of David Adickes' "The Virtuoso." Here are a couple of shots I took of that sculpture when I went out night shooting with Lynne:

I'll admit that sometimes I can be a little bit of an art snob, but my preferences are rarely based on what art critics tell me I should or shouldn't like. I react to art viscerally. If I like something, no one can make me dislike it by telling me I've got awful taste. However, sometimes when I don't like something, I can come to appreciate it, at the least, when I get the insights of someone who views it with a perspective different from and more approving than mine.

In general, I like David Adickes' work. I think it has a whimsical quality and his sculptures are public-friendly. There are lots of people who love him and just as many who dismiss him. Probably the first art of his I saw, without knowing it was his, was "Big Alex," a giant telephone once visible from I-45 which has since been moved.

My second introduction to his work, again, without knowing the artist, was "Cornet" in Galveston. In the mid 1990s, Tom and I went to a friend's wedding reception when the building behind the sculpture was a restaurant called "Trumpets" (long gone). Because of that restaurant and a jazz club using the "Trumpets" name, many people mistakenly call the sculpture "The Trumpet." It was originally created to display at the World's Fair in New Orleans in 1984.

I like both sculptures, but I'm not as fond of "Big Sam," a sixty-foot statue of Sam Houston between Houston and Huntsville, Texas. Sam overwhelms me a little.

I've visited Adickes' studio--a HUGE warehouse by necessity, considering the scale of his work--and will probably eventually publish my photos of the gigantic presidents' heads that replicate ones placed in parks in Virginia and South Dakota. But there are four sculptures that I FREAKING LOVE, and they go with this post.

They get high with a little help from their friends. Thirty feet high.

From a different angle, with the Houston skyline a couple of miles behind them.

You can read a good Houston Chronicle article on David Adickes, his perspective on his work, and reactions to it, at this link.


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