looking beyond the obvious

kids at SFMA looking beyond the art

We found this image at The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things. The commentary said it all:

….they are not merely ignoring the art on the walls, but literally looking beyond those walls….This is intense, curious looking… The square grid-like vent seems congruous with the canvasses of the modern art gallery, and the children are inspired to look beyond the surface of lines and shapes. They might be unknowingly challenging expected behaviors within the museum, but the little girls are also undertaking the exact type of close scrutiny and imaginative looking that curators and artists dream the art gallery might inspire.

We should all ‘see’ like that…

And it begs the question: What is REALLY interesting?

via Explore

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3 Responses to looking beyond the obvious

  1. Weed 01.23.2013 at 8:48am #

    Nice.
    Reminds me of a story Josef Albers would tell. A child was visiting the house in New Haven and exclaimed “Your air-conditioning vents are just like your paintings!”

    By the way, many thanks for publishing the plywood chair.

    A.W.

  2. Sally 01.23.2013 at 3:24pm #

    GREAT!
    I love your plywood chair: beautiful design. I looked for an Andy Weed website to link to but only found the Flickr page. Let me know if there is another link you’d like to have.

  3. Lorraine 04.07.2013 at 6:35am #

    I’m fairly new to Improvised Life and have introduced the blog to my daughter who just loves it, being in the creative/branding industry, this reminds me of a time I took my daughter to an art gallery and she was intently looking at a piece of yellow sculpture (which I had not really liked so walked passed) when I asked her what she saw she said “I like what’s inside best”, and being curious I bent down to her level and realised there was art inside of the sculpture, something I would have missed had she not looked into the sculpture rather than at it.

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