Friday, May 30, 2008


A fellow flickrite took a picture in Manhattan that reminded me remarkably of Duane Hanson's sculptures. (I'd post a link to the photo, but said flickrite doesn't have sharing enabled.) Hansen's sculptures are of a hyper-real school, in that they represent the subject in all their non-glory. It strips away the idealism that art can be fraught with, leaving us with a stark representation of a subject--sort of like the unaffected snapshots that so many of us take and put in photo albums.

There has been some work in collecting such snapshots and representing them together as art (see Tacita Dean's Floh, for example.) It would be interesting to have an entire exhibit devoted to such collections (not doubt that has been done) along with Hanson's works (that probably hasn't).

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