Tuesday, October 28, 2008

forms of corners in rooms and in gardens...

seeding 1930's home mag illustration

richard serra corner splash

the image on the top is from an american home magazine from the 1930's. unfortunately i forgot to notate what issue and exactly what year it is from. the image, from an article on home gardening, attracted me initially simply because of the drawing style, which i think is pretty great.

while clearing some clippings off my studio desk this morning, i found the image again, and i realized how much the wedge shaped troughs reminded me of an early richard serra piece, Gutter Corner Splash: Late Shift, 1969/1995, where he threw hot lead into corners of a room, with the final installation consisting of the lead corners strewn on the floor. the piece is owned by sfmoma, and i remember seeing it installed a few years ago. there's more info here, including some nice little quicktime movies.

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2 Comments:

Blogger gd said...

i bet all that lead took a few years off serra's life expectancy.

9:14 AM  
Blogger ArtSparker said...

the man in the drawing has head & limbs disposed very gracefully, as if he were performing a dance, certainly not doing anything so mundane as ditch-digging.

11:32 AM  

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