Vi and I visited LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) last weekend to check things out.
I’m not an artsy dude but there are some types of art that I really enjoy. That doesn’t mean that I can explain why I like a certain piece. I hear people talk about art the way some talk about wine – you know, they tell you that the wine taste like bark or that they can taste the metal barrels that the wine was “rotted” in – all this while sounding very fancy. Pass me a beer, please. Art Appreciation classes in high school and undergrad did me no good.
If you can get me to taste wine – I’ll usually have two reactions. I’ll tell you it tastes good or that I don’t like it. I’m not creative or smart enough to tell you why.
My reactions to art are pretty much the same thing only I have a few more reactions. They can be summed up and described as follows:
1. “That’s AWESOME” or “Whoa”. These responses are self explanatory.
2. “REALLLY?” (almost yelling) Vi likes this response the most. This is my reaction when I see pieces of crap (well, at least in my eyes) that are passed off as art. Some examples include – a 2×4 piece of wood painted red or a giant hair comb.
3. “What the?” Very similar to #2 in meaning.
4. “Dude, that’s OLD!” I usually use such a proclamation after looking at a bowl that was crafted in 16 B.C.
This warranted a “REALLLLY?” response.
Campbell Soup Can: “Really?”
This was a hybrid reaction: Upon seeing this initially: “What the?” After Vi explained to me that the piece was a social commentary on abortion. My “What the?” turned into “Whoa!”.
And the legendary comb….