I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.
Paul McCartney raises an interesting question. What is weird and who is weird, really? Artists like Van Gogh never sold a painting while he was alive because his style was so different from the established artistic norm at that time. Now of course, we consider him an artistic genius.
Creative people often push the boundaries of convention and tradition and can delight, surprise, and shock us. This first sculpture, exhibited during the annual Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is called “Wired.” This statue made out of circuitry and loose wires was also holding a giant cup of coffee in his hand. I love the social commentary here.
I couldn’t resist re-posting this comical skeleton sitting down to dinner wearing his top hat. He was on exhibit in Melborne, Australia in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Turning to nature, I was startled to see this vulture who posed for me on a visit to Florida. The poor bird. Its looks are….how should I say it….weirdly ugly. But in a strange way, this bird is so unique it’s wonderful, too.
Weird? Maybe. But wonderful, too. This metal sculpture is on permanent display at Meier Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a world-class art collection. This piece, comprised of 5 separate sculptures is called “Visitations: Majorette, Hand Stands, Gifts, A Slight Lapse of Purpose, Yea,” created by American artist Joseph Kinnebrew. I love the playful and whimsical mood of this piece.
This last sculpture, “Head with Horns,” was on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. I love its startling weirdness. At the same time, it’s wonderful, too. This work has a weird history, too. It was wrongly attributed to Paul Gauguin for many decades, but recently, it was revealed that this isn’t the artist’s work. The sculptor is still unknown.
In closing, I’ll circle back to Paul McCartney, who questioned what and who are weird. Certainly, people who were once considered weird, like Van Gogh, Alfred Hitchcock, and Albert Einstein, have become over time cultural icons and recognized as geniuses in their respective fields. A special thanks to our wonderfully creative Ann-Christine who has challenged us this week to find photos that are both weird and wonderful. I had fun exploring my archives for things that surprised, delighted, and startled me with their uniquely weird qualities.
As for your “Street Art” collection last week, it was simply wonderful! I loved your discoveries from around the world and the questions you raised about the difference between street art and conventional art. Your unique and diverse finds were a real visual treat.
Next week, it’s Amy’s turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to stop by her site next Saturday at noon.