Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tetsumi Kudo, and others...

Two current exhibitions to talk about: one I like, one I am disappointed with. I didn't include any images of the one I like because I feel that images of the work do no justice to the work itself. The work is very much a kinetic experience--- I'll explain momentarily!!
Thing One: About a week and a half ago, I went to check out CVA's current exhibition, The Perspectives in Fine Art Series, which is a collection of sculptures and photographs. I was excited to go to the show because I heard that they would be showing work by Pieter Hugo, Alec Soth, and Mike and Doug Starn--- Unfortunately, I didn't take into consideration how small CVA's gallery was, and was disappointed to see only one Hugo piece and one Soth piece--- both photos that, I feel, are not their best work. There was good work there--- but the gallery isn't large enough to be worth a drive out to St. Paul--- but if you're in the area, might as well stop in (it's free!). The show runs til April 4th.
Thing Two: Finally got out to see the Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis show with my 3D class yesterday! Kudo's work--- I think--- is outstanding. He is a Japanese artist who lived and worked in the 60's and 70's, and his work reflects that. His work is a response to the bombing of Hiroshima--- and it's also VERY psychadelic. So, if you're into that kind of thing, I really recommend you get out to see the show by the March 22nd (this Sunday!) when it closes. OH: but only if you can handle looking gruesome, scary, and phallic images (lots and lots and lots of phallic images...). The show literally gave me nightmares after I saw it; but in a good way. Kudo's work is the kind of work that really lingers.
There are over 70 pieces in the show--- plus all the other cool stuff going on at the Walker right now--- so it's worth the trip. Make a day of it!
I'm planning to go back and see it again this weekend =]
That's all! Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

Steven said...

Well, if I'm in the Cities tomorrow, I'll be sure to check out one or both. Kudo's sounds very interesting, and I want to see it especially because we're studying WWII right now.