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August 22nd, 2008


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12:09 pm - Signifying something



The other weekend I finally got to meet the astonishingly brilliant and handsome caestus, visiting here with his cub and another Canadian friend. One of the things we did was visit MoMA (more on which in a later posting, hopefully). In their design collection display of new and innovative wallpapers was this piece by the design firm 2 x 4. I haven’t liked a lot of the work I’ve seen from this firm – and this piece is pretty gimmicky and smart-alecky, too – but I did like how brilliantly it was executed.




What looks like generic international signs have actually all been custom drawn, and if you look closely you’ll see various figures sitting down to pee, arm wrestling, in a daze from working at the computer too long, posing for a vacation snapshot, drinking wine from a bottle, riding a stationary bicycle, and either waving or drowning. There’s even one of them getting his head shoved into a toilet. Then thousands of the signs have been arranged by value to form, at a distance, a pixelated reproduction of a photo of...


...the architect and father of Modernism, Mies van der Rohe. (On the right is caestus himself, wearing a sign of his own.)


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From:stivalineri
Date:August 22nd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
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One of my teachers was a pupil of Mies - the stories he told made him out to be monstrous.

But then all great artists are monsters.
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From:thornyc
Date:August 22nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
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all great artists

Yourself included?!!

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From:stivalineri
Date:August 23rd, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to write an essay on this.

I think greatness in art has to be assessed out its period. Like science its value grows from how it propagates new ideas.
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From:thornyc
Date:August 22nd, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
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I'd say zombies, since if they were in a conga line their knees/legs/torsos should be bent or at angles. Zombies stay pretty stiff and perpendicular except when they're having their heads blown off.

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From:holy13nation
Date:August 22nd, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Magnificent,
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From:caestus
Date:August 22nd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)

Having so rarely seen my arse

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I suddenly feel a bit crass for flagging yellow at the MoMA.
Thanks for the outing, Thor. We'll get you back soon. And force Poutine on you somehow.

*

To the above: Zombies. Totally Romero zombies.
From:r_pity
Date:August 23rd, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)

Re: Having so rarely seen my arse

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Awe, that hankie was yellow? On my monitor it looked more orange. Love a man with an orange hankie! You're hot...t'hee hee.
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From:caestus
Date:August 23rd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)

Sorry, not Orange

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But colours are very much subjective things. One often wonders how in the heady days of backroom 70s sex, how the hanky code ever worked.

I'm of the mind that no one can really, sincerely flag orange if taken to the logical extreme.

Thanks.
So's Thor.
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From:deafdyke
Date:August 23rd, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
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I think if you're going to be viewing anything at MoMa, the orange hankie should be on the right.

I kid. Need to get over there again soon.
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From:slate_canada
Date:August 24th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
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What a crazy small world - not only because six months ago I was standing in that exact spot looking at that exact exhibit but because caestus is a good friend of mine. I'm so sad he moved away from Calgary.

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