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Old 04-06-2006, 11:19 AM   #1
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OMGHi2U Why art should look like art- installation art thrown away by janitors

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‘Cleanup’ of artwork puts egg on sponsor’s face
By JEFFREY DAY
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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LESLIE RECH

Leslie Rech installed her artwork in an alley off Main Street on Sunday.

The next day, a “clean team” tore it down and threw it away.

Made of eggshells and a handmade dress, “Anna Dropped Her Basket” was to be part of “Accessibility Columbia: Making History on Main Street,” an installation art show opening Thursday.

Since early February, Rech had accumulated 300 eggshells for the work, a statement on homelessness and mental illness. The eggs hadn’t gone to waste; Rech used them to bake cakes for residents of a local women’s shelter.

“This is about the worst thing that’s happened in my career,” said Rech, an associate professor at S.C. State University who has done a dozen installations. “For it to happen to me in my hometown is shocking.”

Just as shocking: An employee of the City Center Partnership — a sponsor of the art show — took it down, said Lorri-Ann Carter, press representative for the partnership.

The work might have been damaged by wind and was not labeled as art, Carter said. She called it “an honest mistake.”

Matt Kennell, president of the City Center Partnership, could not be reached Tuesday. Efforts to reach Shane Hillard, director of operations for the organization, Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

The City Center Partnership provides economic development, marketing and advocacy for downtown Columbia. It is funded by a special tax.

With Rech’s work gone, the exhibition now will include seven artists’ installations on Main Street and two more on Assembly.

The exhibition is scheduled to be up through May 7.

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Old 04-06-2006, 11:21 AM   #2
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I hate Installation Art! Looks like a bunch of trash laying around........
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:53 AM   #3
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I normally try to keep an open mind about this kind of stuff, but I just don't see the value here...
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:07 PM   #4
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One windy day would make that look like someone literally dropped her basket.
Don't install fragile "art" outside?

I think it's funny, then sad, and then funny some more.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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Remember folks, just because you have something to say, doesn't mean anyone gives a **** about hearing it.

"Artists" - blah......
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:18 PM   #6
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My hometown!
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:39 PM   #8
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They put crap like this in my town. We have a rusty crappy looking horse, an oxygen tank looking pendulum, some stupid "modern" shapes, and other crap. I'm pissed my tax dollars were wasted on it.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:45 PM   #9
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http://www.accessibilitycolumbia.org...tatement.shtml

LESLIE RECH
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Anna Dropped Her Basket is a site-sensitive installation created for the alley between 1637 and 1639 Main Street in downtown Columbia, SC.

A cotton work dress, sewn from an 1820’s dress pattern is strung up from the north wall of the alley and hangs from its shoulders over the bed of eggshells.

The work refers to the legend of a woman who, according to the SC Department of Mental Health (DMH), inspired legislation that led to the creation of the second state funded institution in the United States: the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum.

Neither source identifies the woman, but both describe her as mentally distressed, wandering, and without adequate care. By placing this work downtown, the artist makes a connection between two related issues: mental illness and homelessness in Columbia. T

he chosen site addresses the fact that Main Street and downtown Columbia have historically been a gathering place for the city’s homeless population.

The broken eggshells in this installation are a reference to the phrase “dropped her basket”, used by some as a subtle reference to a lady who might be suffering from a mental illness. The shells also refer to the fragility of both mind and spirit an individual might be suffering under the conditions that lead to homelessness.

Cliffnotes: Drawn out justification for why she put trash in the alley.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:51 PM   #10
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I was at a friends house the other day when I noticed a bunch of cable in the corner after they had just moved in. I asked if she was stealing cable TV, or if the last renter left it there. She said it was art that her boyfriend made. I laughed when I noticed the concrete base.
It seriously looked like a bunch of Cat5 cable laying in the corner about 3 feet high. I told her to toss it.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:52 PM   #11
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That's a block away from me, but I guess I missed it.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:56 PM   #12
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Give me 10 minutes, 25 dozen eggs, an old dress, and some fishing line and I'll put it back up.
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:00 PM   #13
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that is hillarious
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:16 PM   #14
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I hope the artist gets the hint and seeks a new career.
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:24 PM   #15
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When at the Chicago Museum of Art, we were touring the abstract wing, mand the conversation went something like this --

ME: "I could paint that in 5 minutes. Why does it deserve a place here?"

FRIEND: "Well, maybe, but you didnt think of it."

ME: "That's because if I was going to think of something to paint it would be something good."

Anyway, we finally got into one room, where we saw an aesthetically arranged formation of what appeared to be construction rubble surrounded by caution tape. Aha! The artist here was obviously trying to show how our urbanized world is fleeting and crumbling, and we must resist its attempts to crush the freedom of our souls. Then we looked up, noticed the damage to ceiling, and realized . . . it was actually just a pile of construction rubble. Totally seamless with the rest of the crap in there.

To be honest I did like the rubble pile better.
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:38 PM   #16
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When at the Chicago Museum of Art, we were touring the abstract wing, mand the conversation went something like this --

ME: "I could paint that in 5 minutes. Why does it deserve a place here?"

FRIEND: "Well, maybe, but you didnt think of it."

ME: "That's because if I was going to think of something to paint it would be something good."

Anyway, we finally got into one room, where we saw an aesthetically arranged formation of what appeared to be construction rubble surrounded by caution tape. Aha! The artist here was obviously trying to show how our urbanized world is fleeting and crumbling, and we must resist its attempts to crush the freedom of our souls. Then we looked up, noticed the damage to ceiling, and realized . . . it was actually just a pile of construction rubble. Totally seamless with the rest of the crap in there.

To be honest I did like the rubble pile better.
Should have left a note for the museum director:"The construction zone piece was amazing."
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:41 PM   #17
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The only art here is the amazing amount of bull**** these people generate to justify their inability to do real art.
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:08 PM   #18
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This kinda deserves it's own captioning. Does anyone agree?



"Egg Donor Funeral" (???)

"Ping Pong in a Pink Dress"

"Zygote Death"

..I dunno...
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:26 PM   #19
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"trash in a dirty alley"
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:31 PM   #20
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how about, "Self Portrait"?

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Old 04-06-2006, 04:54 PM   #21
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Wow, alot of resentment to Contemporary art here...

However, the ironic thing is that thats the point

The "Avante Guarde" has always been about pissing off the public, "Screw you, i'm doing what I want to do not what you want me to do"

Speaking of "installation Art", I participated in a neat art lesson the other week about Installation Art in nature, or using nature as an actual Art medium. Andy Goldsworthy, an Artisth I had not heard of was the example they used... Basically, he goes out to somewhere in nature, then makes an installtion piece using, well, other natural elements Its pretty neat stuff:

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Old 04-06-2006, 04:58 PM   #22
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That IS cool.
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^

I don't know, there comes a point where it seems like these 'artists' are just looking for negative attention.

That sleigh or whatever with like 2 tons of cold cuts piled on it comes to mind.

WTF is that? Its not art.
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Goldsworthy is awesome, I had his Ice Star as my desktop wallpaper for a long time. He has real talent, and you'll never see him arranging egg shells in some alley and I doubt anybody would mistake what he does for trash. I don't know his whole story, but I don't believe he tries to attribute some ridiculous hidden meaning to his work either.
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Old 04-06-2006, 05:28 PM   #25
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Wow, alot of resentment to Contemporary art here...

However, the ironic thing is that thats the point

The "Avante Guarde" has always been about pissing off the public, "Screw you, i'm doing what I want to do not what you want me to do"
no offense but,
I think this was a little more avant-garde..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piss_Christ
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