little rikrak's first art love: column by ulysse comtois
what was the first piece of ART you really remember seeing in life?
how does it affect your artistic sensibilities, ideas, inspirations and creativity today?
this week is little rikrak's birthday.
among his many fabulous traits (i'm biased - what can i say?) is his sincere love of, and joy for, art & design. i see it in the way he looks at shapes and spaces; how he excitedly talks about lines and curves / shadows and light; how he handmakes with great enthusiasm, and vigour.
i also admire his wise appreciation of handmaking and art at such a young age.
i was thinking last night about the first art i really remember him adoring: i think it would whole-heartedly be the "column" by Ulysse Comtois : it's a brilliant piece - a lightweight aluminum sculpture of 67 movable plates. everytime he sees it his eyes are WILDLY WIDE - interactive art at its best!
the first time i really remember feeling moved by a piece of art was my recollection of seeing lawren harris' *mt. lefroy* at the amazing mcmichael gallery. i was about 8.
infact, i'll confess, that piece of art stands out to me because i detested it so much. i so passionately despised the dark lines, menacing light and surrealist imagery. perhaps it is so vivid of a memory for me as i realized in that moment the emotional response one could so feverishly have (good or bad) to art.
how art can create opinion.
it's a wonderful thing, isn't it!
so what are your first memories of fine art?
what painting, sculpture, photograph, illustration stands out in your personal fine art history?
i'd love to hear.
(just incase you haven't had the joy of playing with it yourself yet, here's an animated short of some of the fun possibilities column illicits!)